Can Dog Ownership Cut Down Risks of Heart Attacks?

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Can Dog Ownership Cut Down Risks of Heart Attacks?

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Dogs are marvelous creatures. They do a lot for us. Theyโ€™re playful, mysterious, full of energy, loyal, friendly, and they keep us in touch with our youth. Dogs add a lot of comfort and warmth to our lives. Thatโ€™s why we love and value them so much. But did you know that there are so many other things that they could do too?Owning and taking care of a dog can significantly help your heart health. Although there isnโ€™t any clear-cut evidence to support this, studies have found that people who own dogs are at a lower risk of developing heart conditions.Dealing with the random barking sessions at 3 am in the morning and chewed up slippers or dog hair all over your favorite sofa seems like a small price to pay to ensure the health of your heart.

Dog ownership can also cut the risk of acquiring other fatal diseases.

Owning a dog takes a lot of responsibility. As part of his care, youโ€™ll have to exercise him regularly, groom him, bathe him if need be, and give him a lot of attention. When you exercise with your dog, youโ€™re automatically taking a step to being healthier in your own life.Your doggo helps you relax and stay calm during even the toughest of situations โ€“ dogs tend to have that effect on people. Since youโ€™re always calm when youโ€™re around your dog, youโ€™re also lowering your chances of acquiring high blood pressure. There are other aspects of the so-called โ€˜pet effectโ€™ that can have a positive impact on your body and your overall health. Your normal blood pressure levels tend to lower when you start petting a dog. Owning a dog also lowers your chances of getting cholesterol. Itโ€™s also believed to lower your triglyceride levels. A recent study has found that when compared to non-owners, dog-owners had lower triglyceride as well as cholesterol levels. This theory canโ€™t be explained using the humanโ€™s BMI (Body Mass Index), diet, alcohol consumption, or smoking.

It even helps with stress!

Your dog can help you cope with and work through a number of things. You know that when we exercise, our body releases feel-good hormones that make us feel instantly better. Similarly, when weโ€™re playing with our doggo, taking him on walks, or just lounging around on the sofa, our feel-good hormones are heightened, lowering our stress levels.If youโ€™re thinking about adopting a dog, think about your options carefully. Although having a dog is nice and comes with a lot of benefits, it also comes with a lot of responsibility. Make sure youโ€™re able to take on that amount of responsibility before you get a dog. Although theyโ€™re capable of helping your heart, they shouldnโ€™t be adopted just so you can reap the medical benefits.

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