Researchers from Sweden came to the conclusion that dog owners are less likely to develop cardiovascular diseases.
Scientists analyzed data about 3.4 million citizens of Sweden, of which 13.1 per cent owned a dog for any length of time in the past 12 years. All participants in the experiment were collected about health and the presence or absence of disease.
Among all the diseases, scientists have identified cardiovascular disease, particularly myocardial infarction, heart failure, and ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes.
In the study, researchers concluded that for holders of dogs, the risk of death from cardiovascular disease was lower than other people. It is noted that the greatest effect is seen from the owners of dogs of the hunting breeds. The researchers explained that the need to walk the dog encourages owners to spend more time outdoors. In addition, dogs, according to scientists, give a sense of social support, reports regnum.ru.