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Is cold shower better than warm shower for cardiovascular health?

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hi how are you? are cold showers better than warm showers for cardiovascular health? thanks bye
Posted Sat, 4 May 2013 in Hypertension and Heart Disease
Answered by Dr. Anantharamakrishnan 3 hours later
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Both are bad / water at body temperature is the best...

Hot water dilates the blood vessels - more intra-vascular volume leading to more work for the heart / heart rate or the stroke volume (amount pumped per beat) will increase.

Cold water causes constriction of the blood vessels - increases the resistance to pumping (work load is increased)...
Abrupt exposure of the face to cold can stimulate the Vagus nerve - leading to slowing of the heart rate...

So, shower with water at body temperature is the best...

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Follow-up: Is cold shower better than warm shower for cardiovascular health? 20 hours later
so lukem water is best? not warm and not cold? in the middle ey? thanks bye
is showering twice a day better than once a day? I've heard that I would benefit more from showering or bathing twice a day rather than once. is this true? thanks bye
Answered by Dr. Anantharamakrishnan 2 hours later
If there is a lot of exposure to dust / if there is too much sweating as in physical labour in hot environment - it is better to bathe twice.
Otherwise, it does not make much physical or physiological difference - of course, psychological attitudes and habits differ in individulals...
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