About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us

Having a Dog may Help You Stay Away from Heart Diseases

by Bidita Debnath on November 18, 2017 at 11:45 PM
Font : A-A+

Having a Dog may Help You Stay Away from Heart Diseases

Heart disease is a number one killer in the US, which is also a major cause of disability. If you are you a dog lover, your care and compassion for pets, especially dogs, can help you stay away from heart diseases.

Dog owners have a low risk of developing cardiovascular diseases that further enables them to reduce the risk of mortality, a new research confirmed.


The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, states that dog owners in general had a higher level of physical activity, which could be counted as the one reason to prevent heart diseases. Other reasons might involve an increased well-being and social contacts or effects of the dog on the bacterial microbiome in the owner.

"Dog ownership is especially prominent as a protective factor for people living alone, which is a group reported previously to be at higher risk of cardiovascular disease and death than those living in a multi-person household. Perhaps a dog may stand in as an important family member in the single households," said Mwenya Mubanga, researcher at the Uppsala University in Sweden.

"The results showed that single dog owners had a 33 per cent reduction in risk of death and 11 per cent reduction in risk of cardiovascular disease during follow-up compared to single non-owners. Another interesting finding was that owners to dogs from breed groups originally bred for hunting were most protected," Mubanga added.

The research team reviewed more than 3.4 million dog owners, aged between 40 to 80 years, over a period of 12 years, in order to study the association between dog ownership and cardiovascular health.

A total of more than 3.4 million individuals without any prior cardiovascular disease in 2001 were included in the researchers' study.

Their study shows that dog owners had a lower risk of death due to cardiovascular disease.

Source: IANS

News A-Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
January is the Thyroid Awareness Month in 2022
Menstrual Disorders
Coffee May Help You Fight Endometrial Cancer
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Heart Healthy Heart Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Statins Mitral Valve Prolapse Aortic Valve Stenosis Pericarditis Top 8 Tips for Heart-Healthy Eating Red Flag Symptoms You Must Never Ignore Acute Coronary Syndrome 

Recommended Reading
Eating When You Should Be Sleeping Increases Risk of Heart Disease
A lifestyle out of sync with our 24-hour cycle may result in high blood fat levels and thus in a ......
Childbirth During Teens Can Increase Risk of Heart Disease
Women who gave the first birth before the age of 20 have a high risk of heart disease due to the ......
Stress is a Leading Risk Factor for Heart Disease
Some people may not know they have coronary heart disease until they have a heart attack, as it can ...
Lifestyle Changes can Reduce Heart Diseases In Gestational Diabetes
Healthy lifestyle changes over time may decrease cardiac Issues In women who have had gestational .....
Acute Coronary Syndrome
Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is a sudden, acute life-threatening condition caused by a dramatic red...
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Find out more about the degenerative disease- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis....
Aortic Valve Stenosis
Aortic valve Stenosis is an abnormal narrowing of the c valve. Symptoms include angina, and that of ...
Mitral Valve Prolapse
Mitral Valve Prolapse is a relatively common condition and causes leakage of blood through the valve...
Pericarditis occurs when the pericardium gets inflamed. Pericarditis is characterized by severe ches...
Red Flag Symptoms You Must Never Ignore
Any deviation from normal health can cause symptoms, some of which are ominous and need immediate .....
Statins are new wonder drugs that are proving to be efficacious, not merely in relieving symptoms bu...
Top 8 Tips for Heart-Healthy Eating
Eating right goes a long way in preventing heart ailments. The key is to have low-fat, low sodium, h...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2022

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use
open close
I have read and I do accept terms of use - Telemedicine

Advantage Medindia: FREE subscription for 'Personalised Health & Wellness website with consultation' (Value Rs.300/-)