Dog owners benefit from their four-legged friends in more ways than one

Olivia Petter@oliviapetter1 

Moya Lothian-McLean@moya_lm 

Tuesday 8 October 2019 15:19 

People who own dogs may live longer and benefit from improved cardiovascular health, new research has found.

According to a study published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, dog ownership could be particularly beneficial to heart attack and stroke survivors who live alone.



반려견 키우면 심장병 사망률 30% 줄어요

    애완견을 키우면 수명이 늘어난다는 연구 결과가 잇따라 나왔다. 애완견 덕분에 밖으로 자주 나가면서 신체활동이 늘어나고 스트레스도 감소한다는 것이다.

스웨덴 웁살라대의 토브 폴 교수 연구진은 지난 8일(현지 시각) 미국심장협회가 발간하는 심장 분야 권위지인 '서큘레이션'에 "애완견을 키우면 심근경색과 뇌졸중 같은 심장병으로 사망할 위험이 3분의 1 정도 줄어든다"고 발표했다. 연구진은 2001~2012년 심근경색과 뇌졸중을 앓은 40~85세 스웨덴인 33만7000여 명을 분석했다. 애완견을 키우며 혼자 사는 환자가 심근경색으로 사망할 위험은 애완견이 없는 환자보다 33% 낮았다.

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The research, carried out by professors at Uppsala University, examined Swedish residents aged 40 to 85 who experienced a heart attack or stroke between 2001 and 2012.


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The study found that people who suffered a heart attack and lived alone were 33 per less likely to die after being released from hospital if they owned a dog. 

Meanwhile, for stroke victims who were dog owners, the risk of death was 27 per cent lower.

Findings from a separate meta-analysis published in the same journal supported the study's results. 

The analysis looked at a data set involving 3.8 million people drawn from 10 different studies and found that dog owners were 65 per cent less likely to die following a heart attack.

Authors concluded that the lower risk of death associated with dog ownership could be due to the increase in physical activity due to regular dog walks and the decrease in loneliness and depression that has been linked to dog ownership by previous studies.

Tove Fall, professor at Uppsala University in Sweden, said: "We know that social isolation is a strong risk factor for worse health outcomes and premature death.

"Previous studies have indicated that dog owners experience less social isolation and have more interaction with other people. Furthermore, keeping a dog is a good motivation for physical activity, which is an important factor in rehabilitation and mental health."



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But Fall added that more studies are needed in order to act on the findings in a way that supports heart attack and stroke patients.

"More research is needed to confirm a causal relationship and giving recommendations about prescribing dogs for prevention," Fall said.

"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."


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