Dog Ownership Linked To Longer Life According To Two New Studies

  • Dog Ownership Linked To Longer Life According To Two New Studies

Dog Ownership Linked To Longer Life According To Two New Studies

Increased physical activity plays a key role in the cardiovascular benefits of dog ownership, said Kramer, noting that her own step count has climbed "sky high" since she adopted Romeo, an energetic miniature schnauzer that she walks at least three times a day.

Researcers focused on Swedish people from 40 to 85 who suffered a heart attack or stroke from 2001 through 2012. This gap was even more pronounced among dog owners who had survived a heart attack, whose risk of death was 65 per cent lower than non-owners.

Levine, MD, chair of the writing group of the American Heart Association's scientific statement on pet ownership, said: "The findings in these two well-done studies and analyses build upon prior studies and the conclusions of the 2013 AHA Scientific Statement "Pet Ownership and Cardiovascular Risk" that dog ownership is associated with reductions in factors that contribute to cardiac risk and to cardiovascular events".

Originally, the study was to see whether dog ownership was associated with reducing cardiovascular mortality, but the data showed it warded off other causes of death too.

Researchers analyzed data on more than 3.8 million people taken from 10 studies published between 1950 and 2019.

"My own hypothesis is that the biggest driver of this is what dog ownership does for one's mental health", said Kazi, who wrote an accompanying editorial about the two new reports.

Dog owners live longer, and canine companionship may be especially good for people with heart disease and those living alone, new research shows. Dog ownership reduced overall mortality from cardiovascular causes by 31%.

Fall, a veterinarian and professor of Molecular Epidemiology at Sweden's Uppsala University, commented in a statement: "We know that social isolation is a strong risk factor for worse health outcomes and premature death".

"The results of this study suggest positive effects of dog ownership for patients who have experienced a heart attack or stroke". New findings show they are helping people live longer, especially after a heart attack or stroke. "Moreover, from an animal welfare perspective, dogs should only be acquired by people who feel they have the capacity and knowledge to give the pet a good life".

Everyone who owned a dog had a reduced risk of death compared to those without a dog, but that risk was doubly reduced in people who lived alone versus those living with another person, the researchers found. Caroline Kramer, the lead author of the review of more than 60 years of global research.

The clinician scientist noted that her team's analysis didn't account for variables that may explain the difference in health outcomes between dog owners and the rest of the population. "The results, however, were very positive", she added.

Having a dog to care for not only increases physical activity, it reduces social isolation, which could help heart attack and stroke survivors in their recoveries, experts said.