STROKE symptoms and signs include slurred speech, a dropped face on one side, and a weakness in at least one arm. But, you could lower your risk of a stroke by regularly sitting in a sauna.
A stroke is a deadly medical emergency and requires immediate treatment, the NHS said.
The condition is caused by the blood supply to the brain being cut off.
Without enough blood, brain cells begin to die. This can cause serious brain injury, disability or even death.
Stroke symptoms include an inability to raise at least one arm, being unable to smile, and garbled speech.
But, you could slash your risk of a stroke by sitting in a sauna, scientists have claimed.
Regularly relaxing in a sauna could lower your risk of a stroke by about 61 per cent, according to researchers at the University of Bristol.
People sitting in a sauna between four and seven times a week are less likely to have a stroke than people only using a sauna once a week.
A sauna with a relative humidity of 10 to 20 per cent provided the stroke-preventing benefits.
The scientists compared more than 1,500 people that frequently used saunas.
The link between strokes and saunas still persisted, even after taking into account the patients’ age, sex, body mass index, alcohol consumption and blood sugar.
“The findings are very significant and highlight the multiple health benefits of taking frequent sauna baths,” said lead researcher Dr Setor Kunutsor.
Lowering the risk of stroke from saunas could also reduce patients’ blood pressure, improve their immune system, and boost their cardiovascular function, the scientists said.
Frequently using saunas has previously been found to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.
You could also lower your risk of a stroke by eating a healthy, balanced diet, according to the NHS.
An unhealthy diet could lead to higher blood pressure and cholesterol levels, subsequently raising your risk of a stroke.
“Ensuring a balance in your diet is important. Don’t eat too much of any single food, particularly foods high in salt and processed foods,” the NHS added.
“You should limit the amount of salt you eat to no more than 6g [0.2oz] a day as too much salt will increase your blood pressure.
“Six grams of salt is about one teaspoonful.
“Combining a healthy diet with regular exercise is the best way to maintain a healthy weight.
“Regular exercise can also help lower your cholesterol and keep your blood pressure healthy.