Owning A Dog May Lower The Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease And Be Beneficial For Overall Health, Study Finds

Date November 30, 2017

Pet lovers know very well how much their little friends mean to them. Furry companions give their humans an enormous amount of love and comfort. Pets bring a lot of happiness and can reduce stress levels. Therefore, pet lovers invent many incredible things to pamper their friends:


Surprisingly, pet ownership has much more benefits than you might think.

Having a dog can be good for your heart

Having a dog helps people stay physically active even in older ages. Certain studies have demonstrated that people who have dogs noticed a significant improvement in blood pressure levels in comparison with non-owners. It happens probably because dog owners have to walk more and this activity, in turn, helps their cardiovascular system. In addition, pets have a calming effect that also may decrease high blood pressure.

A recent Swedish study

According to a recent Swedish study, there is a clearly established link between dog ownership and heart health. Doctors have already drawn attention to this extraordinary connection, but now it is proved by Swedish data. Why should we believe this information? Thanks to an examination of Sweden’s national records, the study managed to accumulate data on more than 3,4 million people in 12 years. The scientists found out that registered dogs owners were less prone to cardiovascular disease. They also had a lower risk of death from heart disease and other causes.

Unlike other researchers, the Swedish team had access to hospital visit data for Swedish citizens and two big databases of dog owners. This extensive study was made possible due to public health care system in Sweden and the fact that dog registration is mandatory in this country. After the analysis of the records, researchers discovered a lower rate of heart attack, cardiovascular disease, and death from any cause in dog owners. This trend continued among people of all ages. Moreover, sex, education, and socioeconomic status didn't play a role too.

Lead researcher Mwenya Mubanda says:

Dog ownership was especially prominent as a protective factor in persons living alone. The results showed that single dog owners had a 33% reduction in risk of death and 11% reduction in risk of myocardial infarction during follow-up compared to single non-owners.

That's great news for dogs lovers and another good reason to adopt a cute puppy.

Source: NPR, Independent, Harward Medical School

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