New research has found evidence which proves that there is an association between having a dog and longer life, particularly for those who have suffered from heart attacks and strokes. The studies were published on October 8, in the journal called Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.
Previous studies have proved that having a pet Dog can help individuals overcome social isolation, improve physical activity, and help in managing blood pressure. Dr. Glenn N. Levine, who has led the committee on pet ownership for the American Heart Association said that the current findings can prove that owning or adopting a dog can reduce mortality. There are two studies that have been published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.
In the first study attempted in Sweden, the results of a dog owner and a non-dog owner were compared after the heart attack. A total of 182,000 people who have suffered from a heart attack and 155,000 who suffered from strokes were examined. These people were compared with those without dogs. The study revealed that dog owners who lived alone that 33 percent fewer chances of dying and those who lived with family had a 15 percent lower risk. The results clearly proved that having a dog is beneficial.
Another set of the study was conducted where the researchers reviewed the data provided by the patients which accounted for more than 3.8 million people. The entire research comprises of 10 separate studies. When the dog owners were compared with the non-owners, they had 24 percent fewer chances of dying from any cause, a 31% reduced risk of dying from cardiovascular-related issues; and a 65% reduced risk of dying after a heart attack as reported by the American Association.
According to doctors, social isolation is a major risk factor for worse health outcomes and premature deaths. Studies prove that having a dog enhance social interaction, increase your physical activity and metabolism. Furthermore owning a dog is good for mental health.
(with inputs from agencies)