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Dog ownership associated with longer life, especially among heart attack and stroke survivors | Science Daily

Dog ownership associated with longer life, especially among heart attack and stroke survivors | Science Daily

New findings have revealed that owning a dog is associated with better cardiovascular health and a longer overall life. While dogs cannot be proven as the direct cause of reduced mortality, there are correlations from data offered by the Swedish National Patient Register that show that, for those living alone, the risk of dying from a heart attack was reduced to 33% and the risk of dying from a stroke was reduced 27% when owing a dog. The explanation might be that owning a dog increases physical activity while also reducing loneliness. Large factors of premature death are isolation and stagnancy, so getting a canine companion may just improve overall health and wellbeing.  

Source: https://www.sciencedaily.com

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