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J Cardiopulm Rehabil. 2000 Jul-Aug;20(4):225-30.

The Finnish sauna bath and its use in patients with cardiovascular disease.

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University of Ottawa Heart Institute Prevention and Rehabilitation Centre, Ontario, Canada.


The Finnish tradition of sauna bathing is meant to be an experience in relaxation, and the length of time spent in the sauna and the preferred temperature vary considerably among individuals. The pleasures of sauna bathing can be considered safe and without undue risk of cardiac complications even for CVD patients, providing bathing is conducted sensibly for an appropriate period of time, and extremes in temperature are voided.

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