A dog is a man’s best friend. We all love our pets but did you know they can actually improve your health? In a study published in The American Journal of Cardiology in 2003, Dr. Erika Friedmann reported that owning a pet can actually lead to a healthier heart.
Your Heart’s Best Friend
In a study published in The American Journal of Cardiology in 2003, Dr. Erika Friedmann reported that pet owners have healthier hearts. Friedmann, a professor at the Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences at Brooklyn College, found that pet owners had better heart rate variability findings (a measure of heart attack risk) compared to non-owners.
Can dogs lower your blood pressure? Probably, yes. One study conducted by Dr. Karen Allen of the State University of New York at Buffalo found that when people with high blood pressure took care of a pet dog, their stress levels were reduced and so did their blood pressure. In fact, a number of patients were actually weaned off from their medications.
Apparently, just the simple act of stroking a dog can actually reduce your blood pressure. Dog owners are happier, less stressed, and this contributed to better blood pressure control.
Gresham Animal Hospital is equipped to provide the services and treatment your pet needs under one roof. Keep Gresham Animal Hospital in mind next time your dog or cat needs a checkup, shots, or vaccines. Give us a call at 503.666.1600 to schedule an appointment today.
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