Dogs help lower heart risks

In a scientific statement the AHA highlighted research showing pet ownership was probably associated with a reduction in heart disease risk factors and increased survival among patients.

However, a note of caution accompanied the statement.

“It may be simply that healthier people are the ones that have pets, not that having a pet actually leads to or causes reduction in cardiovascular risk,” the authors said.

Dog ownership in particular was said to help reduce cardiovascular risk through

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