Increased longevity looks pawsitive fur dog owners, according to new studies.
A new study done by the American Heart Association and published in their journal, Circulation, provides evidence that dog owners have overall lower mortality rates, and especially low rates of fatal cardiovascular events.
The study reviews several decades of evidence from studies regarding the relationship between dog ownership and mortality. The data included 3.8 million people of different ages, genders, levels of health, and lifestyles.
Based on all of the data, it was determined that the mortality rate of dog owners was overall 24 percent lower. The results were even more promising for those who had suffered from a cardiovascular event in the past.
Patients who suffered from a stroke or heart attack were significantly less likely to die afterward by a margin of 27 percent and 33 percent respectively.
The question arises, why do dog owners experience these health benefits? And is there any hope for cat people?