Hot Diggity… Dogs

These new results may be surprising, but are a real win for dog-owners everywhere. Research out of Sweden from millions of patient records shows that owning a dog may actually help people live longer, healthier lives. Here are some fun facts:

  • Dog owners who live alone had a 23% reduction in death from any cause
  • Dog owners who live with other people had an 11% reduction in death from any cause
  • Owners of “hunting” breeds had the largest benefit

Does your pooch have special powers? I can’t answer that, but there are some possible explanations for their findings. Pets, dogs included, probably help relieve stress and prevent you from being lonely, both of which are associated with heart disease. After all, they’re so cuddly and cute. They also have to go out for walk, which means so do you. More physical activity is something that’s also associated with lower risk of heart disease, which is perhaps why breeds that need more exercise have longer-living owners.

If you’ve been contemplating whether or not to act on those ads for dogs up for adoption who need a forever home, think about it. You could be saving a life as well as prolonging yours.

If you have questions about your heart health, ask us and we’ll get back to you shortly!

Published by: Mark P. Abrams, MD

I'm an Internist, Educator, and Cardiology fellow in training. As the Director of Patient Engagement at Heartbeat Health, my goal is to make trustworthy information easily accessible and more available so that people can become more active members of their healthcare teams. By joining together, we can work toward keeping more people healthier, happier, and living longer fulfilling lives.

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