Pet ownership literally good for the heart

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Thursday, May 09, 2013

REUTERS: A scientific statement released by the American Heart Association links having a pet with lower rates of obesity, cholesterol and high blood pressure, and says it may help lower the risk of heart disease.

"Pet ownership, particularly dog ownership, is probably associated with a decreased risk of heart disease," Glenn N. Levine, a professor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, said in a statement.

A study of more than 5,200 adults, cited by the AHA, showed dog owners were more physically active than non-owners because they walk their pets. Other research has revealed the calming effects of pets, which are used in animal-assisted therapy programs.

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