According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is a serious health risk affecting 795,000 Americans each year. It is the No. 4 cause of death and a leading cause of long-term disability, in the U.S. today.
In our own celebration of healthy living, we at Sunlighten support American Stroke Month and its counterpart, High Blood Pressure Education Month.
The good news: Infrared sauna technology offers health benefits can be an important and effective part of reducing the overall impact of these deadly health issues.
According to Jeffrey L. Saver, M.D., professor of Neurology and director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at University of California Los Angeles and American Stroke Association spokesperson, high blood pressure is the number one risk factor for stroke. And only Sunlighten saunas are backed by clinical research that shows a reduction in systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Both sauna health benefits are key factors in maintaining a healthy heart.
More good news: In a clinical study by the University of Missouri Kansas City, Sunlighten’s Solocarbon® heaters were shown to lower blood pressure through a program of 30 minute infrared sauna therapy session three times per week.
Infrared sauna therapy also helps with two other high-risk factors involved in stroke – obesity and artery disease. One study indicated that Sunlighten saunas are beneficial for lowering weight and waist circumference in just a 3-month period. For those who are sedentary due to medical conditions such as osteoarthritis, cardiovascular or respiratory problems, sauna weight loss results were even more profound.
And infrared saunas have been scientifically shown to help improve the function of impaired vascular endothelial cells in patients who are at risk for coronary artery disease. The infrared heat of the sauna opens capillaries to improve blood flow. Fifteen minutes in an infrared sauna each day for 14 days improved the function of the endothelial cells lining the arteries by 40%.
If you believe you may be at risk for stroke, take this Stroke Risk Quiz, and talk with your doctor immediately. When creating a plan to combat those risks, consider regular infrared sauna therapy to support your other wellness efforts.
*Image courtesy of American Stroke Association/American Stroke Month.