Another reason to love our furry friends.
According to a new study, dog ownership may be associated with longer life and better cardiovascular outcomes, especially for heart attack and stroke survivors.
The analysis published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, a journal of the American Heart Association, showed that people who didn’t own a dog compared to a dog owners risk of death for heart attack patients living after hospitalisation was 33% lower.
The researchers also found that it was 15% lowers for those living with a partner or child.
According to ScienceDaily, “Dog ownership is associated with reductions in factors that contribute to cardia risk and to cardiovascular events,” explained Glenn N. Levine, M.D., chair of the writing group of the American Heart Association’s scientific statement on pet ownership.
Previous studies have also shown that dog ownership alleviates social isolation, improves physical activity and even lowers blood pressure, leading researchers to believe dog owners could have better cardiovascular outcomes compared to non-owners.
Researchers reviewed patient data of over 3.8 million people taken from 10 separate studies and found that compared to non-owners, dog owners experienced a 24% reduced risk of all-cause mortality, 65% reduced risk of of mortality after heart attack and a 31% reduced risk of mortality due to cardiovascular-related issues.
As if we didn’t need another reason to love our four legged friends, it’s no wonder dogs are mans best friend.