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Your heart's best friend Dog ownership associated with better cardiovascular health

Your heart's best friend Dog ownership associated with better cardiovascular health

The study, which started in 2013, looked at a population of 1,769 adults in the city of Brno in the Czech Republic.

The subjects, who were between the ages of 25 and 64 years at the start of the study, will be followed until 2030.

The researchers then took the study one step further to see how dog owners' health records differed from all other pet owners. Researchers scored them on seven parametres - body mass index, diet, physical activity, smoking status, blood pressure, blood glucose and total cholesterol.

The researchers compared the cardiovascular health scores of pet owners to those who did not own pets.

It's not hard to guess why dog owners may experience the best benefits - dogs are active animals that need regular activity, often resulting in daily walks or playtime between owner and pet.

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The International Clinical Research Centre at St Anne's University in Brno carried out the study.

The study included many factors that determined the health of the heart and arteries, like showing that dog-owners tend to also have a healthier diet than other pet-owners - thus contributing to a better cardiovascular health.

Many children beg their parents for a pet to add to the family, and a new study conducted by researchers from the Mayo Clinic could help make that decision a bit easier.

When they boost your mood, your dog is boosting your heart health too, Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist reported. He said owning dogs has previously been linked to better mental health and feeling less lonely, which are both thought to decrease the risk of heart attacks, according to Newsweek.

In the USA, around 610,000 people die of heart disease every year - that's one in four deaths, which makes heart disease the leading cause of death in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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