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Whole-Body Hyperthermia aka Sauna for Heart Disease

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“…sauna may be one of the most important health habits to have to prevent and reverse the #1 killer in the Western world (heart disease)

I have written about the anti-cancer benefits of Sauna(SA) as whole-body hyperthermia (WBH) several times before. I am a long-term cancer survivor working to remain in complete remission from my blood cancer. And now I’m writing about the heart healthy benefits of Sauna and whole-body hyperthermia. I have a late stage side effect from chemo-induced heart damage called atrial fibrillation (chronic A-Fib).

The article linked and excerpted below is written by an integrative cardiologist. In short, sauna for heart disease is an excellent therapy.

An interesting aspect of the article linked and excerpted below is that the author,  M.D. includes specifics about the health benefits of SA based on frequency and duration. Most people that I know are in a SA for about 10-15 minutes before they get uncomfortable and leave. Since I have been taking saunas since the late nineties I enjoy reading in a sauna for about 30 minutes. I can get my internal body temperature up to about 102 degrees. I give myself a mini-fever.

Image result for image of JNH Lifestyles 2 Person Far Infrared Sauna

In any case. It is clear from the studies cited by Dr. Kahn that a SA once a week is good but a SA a day is better.

The JNH Lifestyles 2 Person Far Infrared Sauna  is well-reviewed on Amazon. There is even a short video by an owner talking about the ease of installation and use. 5% of your purchase, should you buy something on Amazon, is donated to PeopleBeatingCancer- the 501c3 non-profit that makes this blog possible. Thank you.

I am both a cancer survivor and cancer coach. For more information on anti-cancer and/or heart healthy lifestyles, scroll down the page, post a question and I will reply ASAP.

Thank you,

David Emerson

  • Cancer Survivor
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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Sauna: The Hottest Therapy for Heart Disease

“I am an integrative cardiologist and I search the medical literature for therapies for heart disease that compliment or replace conventional practice. One of the therapies that I have learned from my Japanese colleagues is the powerful role of sauna therapy for heart patients. In fact, the data suggests that sauna may be one of the most important health habits to have to prevent and reverse the #1 killer in the Western world

Heart patients (in Japan) sit in an infrared sauna set at 60° C (140° F) for 15 minutes, followed by resting outside the sauna for 30 minutes, wrapped in towels…

Waon (sauna in Japanese) therapy has been shown to improve the function of endothelial cells that line every artery in the body resulting in better health and functionality…

Waon therapy may save lives. In a provocative study of 129 patients with bad heart problems, patients treated with waon therapy at least two times a week were compared to similar patients who did not get the therapy. Over five years of follow-up, the rates of re-hospitalization and death were half in the waon treated patients compared to the others…

In a recent study, waon sauna therapy improved exercise capacity, quality of life, and mental capacity in patients with advanced heart failure (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25740582)…

Although most studied documenting the health benefits of sauna for the heart originate in Japan, a large report relating the impact of the frequency and duration of visiting a sauna was published from this year fro Finland. The highest frequency and duration of sauna use reduced the risk of heart and all-cause deaths by over 50%

Saunas are a luxury in the home but it is an option. Patients have used health accounts to cover the cost of buying their own units. An increasing number of spas and massage chains are incorporating infrared sauna into their programs making them available to more heart patients.

A heart attack occurs every 43 seconds in the United States and remains one of the most frequent causes of sudden death, ripping families apart. A comprehensive lifestyle program can dramatically reduce that risk. It appears that a sauna a day keeps both the heart attack and the doctor away.”

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