Published: Fri, October 11, 2019
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Dog owners have reduced risk of dying from heart problems, says researcher

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

Scientists found dog owners were likely to live longer than those who didn't have dogs: Dog owners had a 24% risk reduction for death from any cause, according to the study.

"But these studies suggest that adopting a dog may be as much of a service to your own health as the dog's", he said, according to NBC News.

Both published studies were observational, meaning that researchers cannot prove that dog ownership was the direct cause of the increased life expectancy or the better health outcomes after heart attack and stroke; only a randomized clinical trial could answer those questions. The study found that dog owners who live alone (compared to non-owners who live alone) had a 33% lower chance of dying from a heart attack post hospitalization.

"People who had a heart attack prior to getting a dog had even more reduction in mortality", said lead author Dr.

The risk of death for stroke patients living alone after hospitalization was 27% lower and 12% lower for those living with a partner or child.

The people studied were Swedish residents ages 40-85 who had a heart attack or a stroke from 2001-2012.

A second scientific review and meta-analysis about dog ownership and survival rates backs up these results.

"Having a dog was associated with increased physical exercise, lower blood pressure levels and better cholesterol profile in previous reports", said Dr.


Those who had a heart attack or other cardiovascular condition, or event had a 65 percent decreased the risk of dying in the next decade if they had a canine companion.

In the long run, that scamp is going to help you live a longer and healthier life.

"I know a lot of my patients often say to me after they have a heart attack or stroke, can I even take care of a dog?".

Kramer undertook the research after noticing changes in her own behavior after she adopted her own dog, a miniature schnauzer named Romeo.

The study also noted that more research is needed to confirm a cause-effect relationship, and to give recommendations about prescribing dogs as a recovery strategy. Caroline Kramer, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Toronto and an endocrinologist in NY. Studies were excluded if they were retrospective, did not provide an absolute number of events that occurred and reported non-fatal cardiovascular events. The findings come from two separate studies publish this month in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, a journal published by the American Heart Association.

"As a pet owner myself I can see the benefits, my step counting really went up after I got a dog", said Dr.

Intramural funds from Mount Sinai Hospital funded the meta-analysis.

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