Sunday, July 03, 2016

Healthy Hearts, Dogs and You

Written by Shane Smith , Editor of Stonewall Gazette

Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated for many years now that dog owners have not only lower cholesterol but also lower blood pressure than non-dog owners. According to a fascinating study by the American Heart Association having a pet such as a dog can actually help you lower your risk of cardiovascular disease. There are other benefits to having a pet.

Benefits include:
  • Increased physical activity = lowers weight
  • Lower Systemic blood pressure = lowers the pressure on your blood vessels
  • Improved autonomic tone = activity of the sympathetic (body’s response during perceived threat) and parasympathetic systems (body’s responses while at rest)
  • Improve survival after an acute coronary syndrome = after a heart attack or unstable angina (chest pain during sleeping)
Having a pet, such as a dog, is a rewarding relationship but it does come with its own set of responsibilities and financial commitments. However, for many men pets are not only good companions but they can be life savers as well.

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