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Howard G. Smith, M.D. is a former radio medical editor and talk show host in the Boston Metro area. His "Medical Minute" of health and wellness news and commentary was a regular weekday feature on WBZ-AM, WRKO-AM, and WMRE-AM. His popular two-way talk show, Dr. Howard Smith OnCall, was regularly heard Sunday morning and middays on WBZ.

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Mar 31, 2020



Simmering in a daily hot bath may reduce your risk of all cardiovascular disease by 28% and of stroke by 26%.  A study of some 30,000 adults over a 30 year period was just published in the British Medical Journal.


The data revealed the benefit of hot water versus warm water for cardiovascular disease but not for strokes.  We know from other studies that tub baths do have a beneficial effect on high blood pressure.


Be warned, though, that this study only shows an association and not a cause-effect relationship.  Furthermore, hot water baths could be dangerous for elders as baths may cause confusion and occasional drowning. 


Andrew Felix Burden. Tub bathing and heart disease. Heart, 2020; heartjnl-2019-316187 DOI: 10.1136/heartjnl-2019-316187


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