According to research published Tuesday in the journal Circulation, single dog owners have a 33 percent reduced risk of death after suffering a heart attack compared to those without a furry friend. That backs up a recent meta-review of 10 studies published between 1950 and 2019 that found dog owners are 24 percent less likely to die prematurely and 65 percent less likely to die after a heart attack.
Why is owning canines so beneficial? Not only does it help tackle anxiety and social isolation, but researchers say it encourages physical exercise and lowers blood pressure.
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