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AIBU to wonder about Sauna's and hypertension/salt

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Ogg · 11/06/2013 12:59

If Saunas make us sweat and lose salt - excess of which is one of the main reasons for high blood pressure/strokes etc why are saunas not more widely used and recommended and or available on prescription?

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chocoluvva · 12/06/2013 12:36

I don't think the amount of salt lost through sweating is very significant.

Also it wouldn't help with narrowed arteries or any other causes of high bp, eg being overweight.


Birdsgottafly · 12/06/2013 12:45

I don't know the medical side of it properly, but it isn't good for someone with high blood pressure to get overheated.

I only know that i feel better when i am too hot, or have had a sauna, because i have low blood pressure and after a sauna it is near normal range for a while.

This is taken from a website,
Heat from hot tubs and saunas cause blood vessels to open up (called vasodilation.) Vasodilation also happens during normal activities like a brisk walk. If your doctor has told you to avoid moderate exercise, you should also be careful when considering hot tubs and saunas.

People with high blood pressure should not move back and forth between cold water and hot tubs or saunas. This could cause an increase in blood pressure.

To make any sort of connection between medical conditions and treatments, you need medical knowledge, not just supposition.


Birdsgottafly · 12/06/2013 12:51

I also have to put lots of salt on my food, at times, either that or go on salt tablets (they are like drinking salt in washing up liquid).

I would have to take potassium along side, but i eat lots of bananas, instead.

You need to help yourself internally, whether through diet/meds, or recommended actions, from your doctor. Blood pressure flutuates, throughout the , day unless you have a hot tub at work, even if it did help, wouldn't be effective after about 30 minutes.


Ogg · 12/06/2013 13:12

Thanks - just keep hearing about the adverse effects of salt and wondered if it would help :)

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