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Have heart stents, taking Lipitor, Plavix and Lisinopril. Family history of heart disease. Is sauna safe?

I had a couple of heart stents put in this year. Two in March and one in July. I m feeling fine and otherwise healthy with no other complicating diseases. I m 48 years old, I exercise regularly, I m about 5 7 and weigh 166 pounds, I m on 20mg of lipitor , 75 mg of plavix and 5 mg of lisinipril. My blood pressure and lipid levels are all very good and were always within normal ranges prior to having the stents put in, but my family has a history of heart disease on my father s side. My question is, is it safe for me to take a sauna or steam bath now and then?
Asked On : Wed, 15 Aug 2012
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Dear patient,

As long as you are medically stable these activities are fine and healthy once in a while; just make sure that you dont exceed the recommended time and keep well hydrated since you are taking blood pressure medications and heat can vasodilate and lower blood pressure.

Truly yours,

Dr Brenes-Salazar MD
Mayo Clinic MN
Answered: Thu, 27 Jun 2013
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