Study shows that owning a dog is good for your heart

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 found that pet owners, and specifically dog owners, were more likely to report physical activity, diet and blood glucose at an ideal level, as well as smoking at a poor level, which resulted in higher CVH scores than non-pet owners. Then they compared dog owners to other pet owners and those who did not own pets.

The study links owning a dog to better heart health.

The study, published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, looked at 1,769 subjects from Czech Republic with no history of heart disease. Dog ownership was associated with better cardiovascular health'.

Owning a pet may help maintain a healthy heart, especially if that pet is a dog, according to the first analysis of data from the Kardiozive Brno 2030 study. This responsibility prods the pet owner to stay active even if they're feeling lazy, and leading a physically active lifestyle helps lower one's odds of developing heart disease later in life.

The researchers found that older dog owners who participate in daily activities with their pets are more active than their peers who don't have pets.

From his unconditional love, to his curious playfulness, to the lessons in responsibility and self-care that he teaches me daily, I can confidently say that being a pet owner is such a privilege. Dr. Lopez-Jimenez is a senior investigator of this study.

Dog owners have lower blood pressure, are less likely to be obese and are on average 2.2lbs lighter than people without canine companions, scientists have discovered.

The study was performed in collaboration with Mayo Clinic, the International Clinic Research Center at St. Anne's University Hospital, and the University of Catania.

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.

This story was reported from Los Angeles.