Owning a dog linked to lower risk of death after a heart attack, study finds

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“Dog owners live longer and fare better after a heart attack or stroke compared with those who have no canine companions, two studies published Tuesday suggest.”

“Researchers found that dog ownership was associated with a 24-percent reduced risk of death from any cause among the general public, and a 33 percent lower risk of death among heart attack survivors who live alone.”

“A lot of smaller studies, including some that randomized people to either adopt a dog or not, have shown that having a canine companion can lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol and reduce the risk of depression.”

View the whole story here: https://www.nbcnews.com/health/heart-health/owning-dog-linked-lower-risk-death-after-heart-attack-study-n1063526

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