You will be more likely to survive after a heart attack
Did you know that having a pet can actually increase your chances of surviving after a heart attack? Well, according to a 1995 study done by Erika Friedmann and Sue A. Thomas, on the connection between pet ownership and one-year survival after acute myocardial infarction in the Cardiac Arrhythmia Suppression Trial (CAST), published in The American Journal of Cardiology, pet owners who suffered a heart attack are more likely to survive at least an additional year after this episode.
Of course, it doesn’t mean that all you have to do is to buy a dog and that’s all, or that you will survive a heart attack just because you’ve adopted one quickly – this obviously doesn’t make sense. The main idea is to form a strong connection between you and your pet. The explanation is that having a pet can help you improve your heart health, so you will be more likely to survive a heart attack.
Other studies have shown that dog owners have a lower blood pressure than non pet owners, because pets usually have a calming effect on them, not to mention that they get more exercise, as they have to take their dog for a walk daily. In other words, having a dog can help you stay active and you will be calmer, which means that you will also be less stressed, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
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