People with high blood pressure will often avoid lulling in a hot tub because they think it’s not good for them. Even though hot tubs can pose health risks for anyone if misused or overused, they are great for improving overall circulation. Here are some misconceptions about hot tubs and some facts regarding hot tub safety:
- Hot tubs are dangerous for high blood pressure sufferers. Hot tubs and saunas expose the body to high heat, which widens blood vessels near the surface of the skin. This process is known as vasodilation and can sometimes cause a slight drop in blood pressure, though never enough to cause worry. If users want to avoid the blood pressure drop, they should enter the hot tub slowly to allow their body to become accustomed to the new temperature.
- You should not go from a hot tub to cold water. One activity that young people sometimes enjoy is soaking in a hot tub and jumping in a cold pool immediately afterwards. This can pose a slight risk to people with blood pressure problems; the rapid change in temperature will cause stress and rapid blood pressure changes in the body. Sufferers of hypertension should be careful to slowly allow their body to adjust to any temperature changes.
- Hot tubs are bad for heart patients. Hot tubs can pose some risks for heart patients, but nothing so severe that they can’t enjoy a brief dip in a hot tub. The increase in body temperature can lower blood pressure and widen blood vessels, which can have negative effects on the heart if continued for a long time. Heart patients and those taking heart medications should talk with their doctors before relaxing in a hot tub, stay hydrated, and keep their sessions brief.
- Hot tubs affect pacemakers. No link has been found between hot tubs and pacemaker problems. However, since most people with pacemakers have a history of heart problems, they should be cautious when using a hot tub and give themselves time to adjust to the water temperature.
- Hot tubs cause dizziness and headaches. If a person is in a hot tub for too long, he or she may suffer dizziness, headaches, or shortness of breath. These symptoms are temporary, but a person experiencing them should take a break until the symptoms abate.
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