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. They’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. That’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 isn’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, you’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, you’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 – dogs tend to have that effect on people. Since you’re always calm when you’re around your dog, you’re also lowering your chances of acquiring high blood pressure. There are other aspects of the so-called ‘pet effect’ 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. It’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 can’t be explained using the human’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 we’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 you’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 you’re able to take on that amount of responsibility before you get a dog. Although they’re capable of helping your heart, they shouldn’t be adopted just so you can reap the medical benefits.

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