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Presse Med. 2011 Oct;40(10):895-9. doi: 10.1016/j.lpm.2011.02.010. Epub 2011 Mar 17.

[Sauna: cardiac and vascular benefits and risks].

[Article in French]

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Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Helsinki, Helsinki University Central Hospital, Department of Dermatology, Allergology and Venereology, Helsinki, 00029 HUS, Finlande.


Sauna bathing is a traditional activity in Finland that has become popular for the past decades in Europe and in the United States. However, it is still considered that patients with cardiovascular pathologies should avoid sauna bathing. Clinical studies have nevertheless showed that sauna was safe for patients with a stable heart condition (hypertension, coronary disease, stable controlled chronic heart failure). Besides, results from recent Japanese studies seem to point out potential benefits for patients with chronic congestive heart failure, but the results need confirmation.

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