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Dog owners have reduced risk of dying from heart problems, says researcher

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Gustavo Carr | 12 October, 2019, 18:35

In fact, all that walking helps dog owners have a 65 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

"The two new studies provide good, quality data indicating dog ownership is associated with reduced cardiac and all-cause mortality", said Glenn N.Levine, Chair of the writing group of the American Heart Association's scientific statement on pet ownership.

Dog owners can take heart from new analyses concerning the potential health advantages of getting a dog. But even the most effusive dog-lovers might not realize just how beneficial their pets can be.

"Dog ownership was associated with a 24% reduction in all cause mortality", said Kramer, an assistant professor in the division of endocrinology and metabolism at the University of Toronto.

"Dog possession", the authors impact, "is associated with lower likelihood of loss of life over the long period of time, which is perchance pushed by a low cost in cardiovascular mortality".

More specifically, heart attack survivors living alone who owned a dog had a 33 percent lower risk compared to those living alone who did not own a dog.

A man walks his dog on the boardwalk along Lake Ontaro in Toronto on Monday, January 16, 2017.

New York- A dog at home means longer life and better cardiovascular health, especially for heart attack and stroke survivors who live alone, according to a new study and a separate meta-analysis on the subject.

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"The most interesting part of this study was that people who lived alone actually seem to get the greatest benefit in both the heart attack group and the stroke group", Dr. Martha Gulati, editor-in-chief of, told CNN.

"We know that loneliness and sedentary lifestyle is a major risk factor for premature death", Tove Fall, professor of molecular epidemiology at Uppsala University in Sweden and study co-author, told NBC. "Furthermore, keeping a dog is a good motivation for physical activity, which is an important factor in rehabilitation and mental health".

Studies also show petting dogs can reduce blood pressure, anxiety and depression. This is significantly more than the recommended 150 minutes per week for people.

A study released Tuesday suggests dog owners live longer than their canine-less counterparts, experiencing almost one-third lower risk of dying from heart problems. It goes to also very neatly be the case that being more healthy and wealthier causes of us to be more inclined to manufacture a dog.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 735,000 Americans have a heart attack each year.

Still, Kazi writes, the balance of the evidence to date convinces him that "the association between dog ownership and improved survival is real, and is likely at least partially causal".

Some doctors even prescribe a dog for their patients.