News Article 10/23

Article Title: Dog ownership associated with longer life, especially among heart attack and stroke survivors.

I am already a believer that owning any animals makes one live longer, but it’s nice seeing some research behind my belief. This article, in sum, compares the percentages between heart attack survivors that live alone with a dog, those that live alone with no dog and stroke survivors that live alone with a dog and those that live alone with no dog. The research found that heart attack survivors had a 33% lower risk of death and stroke survivors had a 27% lower risk of death if they owned a dog compared to those that did not.
The researchers used dog owners who had a heart attack/stroke and those that did not own a dog when finding the above results. The study had about 182,000 heart attack survivors, 6% dog owners and 155,000 stroke survivors, 5% dog owners.
They found that the potential causes of lower death risk to these survivors is an increase of exercise (i.e. walking dog) and a decrease of loneliness and depression (i.e. dog lovin’ companionship). Overall, the study suggests a strong correlation between dog ownership and longer life expectancy of heart attack and stroke survivors.

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