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Science Says Owning a Dog Decreases Your Risk for Heart Attacks

21 November 2017

"One mechanism by which dog ownership could reduce cardiovascular disease risk and mortality is by alleviating psychosocial stress factors, such as social isolation, depression and loneliness - all reportedly lower in dog owners".

For their study, researchers sifted through health data on 3.4 million Swedes aged 40 to 80.

According to The Verge, a recent study in Sweden revealed that "dog owners had a 20 percent lower risk of dying compared to people who didn't have a dog".


A new study has now shown that there could be a link between dog ownership and a lowered risk of cardiovascular disease. Risk of death among these dog owners fell by 11% and their chances of cardiovascular death were 15% lower. Prior research has shown that living alone raises the risk for heart disease. Scientists tracked the correlation between people, cardiovascular disease and whether they had a dog or not.

"Perhaps a dog may stand in as an important family member in the single households". At the beginning of the study, none of them had been diagnosed with heart disease. "Other explanations include an increased well-being and social contacts or effects of the dog on the bacterial microbiome in the owner", epidemiologist Tove Fall added. The study did not conclude, however, that dog owners living in multiperson homes experienced the same reduced risk of heart attack as their single counter-parts. "This may be more prominent in dog owners who benefit from the companionship, unconditional love and support". "We know that dog owners in general have a higher level of physical activity, which could be one explanation to the observed results", said Professor Fall. Since dog ownership requires registration in Sweden and since all health care, including all doctor's visits, are charted in a national database, as Time noted, the researchers could follow the lives of people with and without dogs.

It's because they're the best god damn pets in the world.

Science Says Owning a Dog Decreases Your Risk for Heart Attacks