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Regular Sauna Baths May Greatly Reduce Risk of Strokes

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(AARP) Taking three sauna baths a week can significantly reduce the risk of stroke, and four to seven such baths are even better, a 15-year Finnish study suggests.

“Middle-aged to elderly men and women who take frequent sauna baths have a substantially reduced risk of new-onset stroke,” a team of researchers concluded.

Subjects who took traditional Finnish sauna baths two to three times a week were 12 percent less likely to have a stroke, and those who took them four to seven times a week reduced their risk by 62 percent.

“Temperature increases, even of 1 or 2 degrees Celsius, can limit inflammatory processes in the body and reduce arterial stiffness,” said study author Jari A. Laukkanen, M.D.

By William E. Gibson; read the full story at AARP. 

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