Published: Mon, August 26, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

New Research Shows Dogs Are Good For Our Heart Health

New Research Shows Dogs Are Good For Our Heart Health

As it turns out, owning a pet may increase your overall health, particularly if it is a dog.

Using data from the Kardiozive Brno 2030 study, the research examined the association of pet ownership - specifically dog ownership - with cardiovascular disease risk factors and cardiovascular health.

The study first established baseline health and socio-economic information on more than 2,000 subjects in the city of Brno, Czech Republic, from January 2013 through December 2014.

The most recent evaluation of the participants took place this year.

The people were recruited between 2013 and 2014, and scientists have scheduled follow up evaluations for every five years until 2030 in what they call the Kardiovize Brno 2030 study.

Dogs make their owners more active by going for frequent walks, researchers say.

The researchers found that older dog owners who participate in daily activities with their pets are more active than their peers who don't have pets.

Owning can a dog can make your life better in many and a new study published by the Mayo Clinic says having a healthier heart is one of those ways.

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When they boost your mood, your dog is boosting your heart health too, Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist reported.

The International Clinical Research Centre at St Anne's University in Brno carried out the study.

The researchers analyzed over 1,700 pet owners and non-pet owners to see how owning a pet contributed to positive health benefits.

"The greatest benefits from having a pet were for those who owned a dog, independent of their age, sex and education level".

Dr Maugeri said people could adopt, rescue or purchase a pet as a potential strategy to improve their cardiovascular health.

"Dogs nearly universally will have those traits of loyalty, love, cheerful attitude, living in the moment, and expressing affection", Dr. Lopez-Jimenez said, adding that dogs allow people to feel less lonely, which could decrease the risk of a heart attack.

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