Hypertension and Hot Tubs

Immersion in Hot Tub Water Helps Reduce Blood Pressure

Dr. Becker at the World Aquatic Health Conference 2011

Dr. Bruce Becker, a research professor at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, finds that chronic stress increases both anxiety and blood pressure – key risk factors in cardiovascular disease and stroke.  More than the direct link to these risk factors, anxiety and stress both take an emotional and physical toll over time.

In 2011, Dr. Becker made a pertinent presentation at the World Aquatic Health Conference.  There he offered overwhelming evidence that spas not only are safe, but beneficial for those with hypertension – as long as the water temperature is kept at or below 102°F.   He referred to a number of studies that showed immersion in hot tubs helped lower blood pressure in people with normal blood pressure and those people with hypertension.

In part three of his presentation, he dispels the myth that heart patients shouldn't soak in a hot tub.