Dog ownership may be associated with longer life and better cardiovascular outcomes, especially for heart attack and stroke survivors who live alone, according to a new study and a separate meta-analysis published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, a journal of the American Heart Association.
Researchers found that compared to non-owners, dog owners experienced a:
24% reduced risk of all-cause mortality;
65% reduced risk of mortality after heart attack; and
31% reduced risk of mortality due to cardiovascular-related issues.
- Tiny Fox Lab
Sometimes the best medicine is a dog who thinks their love can cure you.
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