Having a Dog May Cut Risk of Death in People with Heart Issues

A new study from Uppsala University, Sweden, suggests that dog owners returning from a hospital after a stroke or heart attack have a significantly lower risk of death compared to those who don’t have dogs.Having a Dog May Cut Risk of Death in People with Heart Issues

To complete this research, the scientists took data from a major national health register which included health records of around 182,000 patients aged from 40 to 85 who had suffered from an acute heart attack between 2001 and 2012.

The analysis showed that people living alone with a dog were at a 27% lower risk of death, and those living with a dog and a partner or a child were 12% better off.

Tove Fall, an epidemiologist from Uppsala University, says: “We know that social isolation is a strong risk factor for worse health outcomes and premature death. Previous studies have indicated that dog owners experience less social isolation and have more interaction with other people.”


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