If you are a dog owner, then this is probably news for you. New researches have claimed about possible health benefits of having a dog. If two further studies considered, those were conducted by the American Heart Association, then owning a dog increases your chances of living longer. And especially among the people who have previously had a stroke or heart attack. The results published in a Journal of American Heart Association named Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.
In the study, researchers included both dog-owning and non-dog-owning survivors of stroke and Heart attack. In the findings, researchers determined that dog owner survivors experienced lower death rates from either strokes or heart attacks. This study was conducted in Sweden for a period of 12 years from 2001 to 2012 using Sweden’s National Patient Register. The study depicted that dog owners have a better recovery rate after major cardiovascular procedures. Although the study did not explain the exact cause and effects, however, the possible reasons could be increased physical activities, decreased depression, and loneliness amongst those who own a dog. These results previously confirmed by researches. People who live alone after a dog-owning cardiovascular event saw the most significant upside.
In the research, scientist found that those who own dog they have 33% lower risk of death after being hospitalized for a heart attack if they live alone and 15% lower risk if they are living with family, child or partner. The same results observed for those treated for a stroke. Based on the findings obtained from these two major studies and analysis of outcomes upon previous studies it is concluded that dog ownership is related to reductions in causes that contribute to cardiovascular events and cardiac risk. Experts further added that owing a dog to care for not only increase the number of physical activities but it also reduces social isolation, this could help the stroke and heart attack survivors in their well-being and recovery.