A healthy heart is a healthy body, and there are many benefits to using an infrared sauna for your heart. Infrared saunas have been shown to improve cardiovascular health by improving vascular endothelial function, reducing blood pressure, lowering inflammation and improving markers of heart disease.
How long should I sit in infrared sauna?
Unlike traditional saunas, infrared sauna for heart heat the air using nonvisible light, keeping it at a relatively comfortable 110 to 120 degrees F. These infrared wavelengths warm the human body from within and penetrate deep into the skin without damaging or burning the surface tissue.
Infrared saunas have a similar physiological effect to moderate exercise in terms of sweating and increased heart rate, albeit with much less risk for dehydration.
Regular use of infrared saunas may help reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering blood pressure and waist circumference.
Studies also show that infrared saunas reduce symptoms of congestive heart failure, such as a buildup of fluid around the heart, which can impair your ability to pump efficiently.
If you have a heart condition, talk to your doctor before starting an infrared sauna program. Chronic heart failure is a progressive condition that increases your risk of sudden death, so it is important to check in with your doctor before changing your routine.