Frequent sauna bathing keeps blood pressure in check

http://ift.tt/2fE3BWu Frequent sauna bathing reduces the risk of elevated blood pressure, according to an extensive follow-up population-based study. The risk of developing elevated blood pressure was nearly 50 percent lower among men who had a sauna 4-7 times a week compared to men who had a sauna only once a week.

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Early ‘full-term’ babies may have poorer respiratory fitness through adolescence and young adulthood

http://ift.tt/2wZZI0t Though considered full-term, babies born at 37-38 gestational weeks may be more likely than those born later to have poor cardiorespiratory fitness into young adulthood. These findings suggest scheduled caesarean sections or induced labor at lower gestational ages are concerning.

Delayed diagnosis, not gender, affects women’s treatment for heart disease

http://ift.tt/2xBrlBk Women with heart disease typically receive less complete surgical revascularization with arterial grafts than men do, but not because of gender bias. Instead, factors such as delayed diagnosis of coronary artery disease (CAD) in women may contribute to the differences in treatment, according to a new study.

Biology of mending a broken heart

http://ift.tt/2wZ7Cr5 Scientists might be on to a way to preserve heart function after heart attacks or for people with inherited heart defects called congenital cardiomyopathies. Researchers report that after simulating heart injury in laboratory mouse models, they stopped or slowed cardiac fibrosis, organ enlargement and preserved heart function by blocking a well-known molecular pathway.