This Sunday is World Heart Day. Cardiovascular disease can affect people of all ages and population groups, including women and children.
Cardiovascular disease – which includes heart disease and stroke – currently causes 17.3 million deaths every year, with 80 per cent of these occurring in low- and middle-income countries, making it the world’s number one killer.
The majority of cardiovascular disease is caused by risk factors that can be controlled, treated or modified. The three steps toward heart-healthy wellness recommended by the World Heart Federation are (1) healthy eating, (2) physical activity and (3) no tobacco use.
Each year, physical inactivity contributes to over three million preventable deaths.
Unhealthy diets are linked to four of the world’s top ten leading risk factors causing death: high blood pressure, high blood glucose, overweight and o
besity, and high cholesterol.
Every day, 15,000 people die from the effects of tobacco and one in every two smokers will die of tobacco-related diseases. Secondhand smoke kills more than 600,000 non-smokers every year including children.
Sunlighten joins with the World Heart Federation and the American Heart Association on this World Heart Day to call on everyone to reduce their own risk of heart disease and stroke.
Sunlighten is a longtime supporter of heart health. We donate a portion of our sales each February to the American Heart Association, we participate in a number of local AHA – Kansas City fundraisers each year and our owners Aaron and Connie Zack have served on the board of directors for our local AHA chapter.
So, where do Sunlighten’s infrared saunas fit into this?
High blood pressure increases your risk of getting heart disease, kidney disease or serious stroke. Only Sunlighten saunas are backed by clinical research that shows a reduction in systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
In a 2005 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 session 3 times per week. The study concluded that Sunlighten infrared sauna therapy dilated blood vessels and reduced the volume of their inner lining, thus increasing circulation to promote healthy blood pressure.
Additional studies have regularly shown the positive impact that regular infrared sauna use has on hearth health. A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology in 2001 showed that infrared saunas 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. 15 minutes in an infrared sauna each day for 14 days improved the function of the endothelial cells lining the arteries by 40%.¹ The results of this study suggest a preventive role for infrared sauna use for arteriosclerosis.
The elevation in body temperature from regular Sunlighten infrared sauna use also produces an increase in blood flow that mirrors the benefits of a passive cardiovascular workout. Regular infrared sauna use – especially in the mid-infrared range available in Sunlighten’s mPulse custom spectrum sauna – has been shown to significantly stimulate blood flow, even after your sauna session is completed.
For more information on infrared sauna use and heart health, contact a Sunlighten representative.
¹Imamura, M, et al. Repeated thermal therapy improves impaired vascular endothelial function in patients with coronary risk factors. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2001, 38 (4): 1983-88.