If you want to live longer and decrease your risk of cardiovascular diseases, own a dog. Having a dog is now found to have effects on human health according to a research from Uppsala University.
Known as the leading cause of death in the United States, cardiovascular diseases range from heart failure, arrhythmia, and ischemic stroke to heart attack. Some cases are mild and some are severe but all could be life-threatening when they go unnoticed. This is why it is vital to have your heart examined especially when you feel something wrong.
For one, angina or what we are more familiar with, chest pain, is the most common symptom of coronary artery disease. It is a feeling of aching, burning, uneasiness, heaviness, pressure, squeezing, or that painful feeling on your chest. People who experienced these symptoms usually thought of this as heartburn or indigestion.
However, this is a usual symptom of a coronary artery disease, which is one of the common diseases of the heart. Angina, also a sign in many other cardiovascular health problems, can be felt in the shoulders, arms, neck, throat, jaw, and back. There are also other symptoms of heart diseases such as shortness of breath and palpitations, a sensation described by irregular heartbeats, faster heartbeat, nausea, sweating, and dizziness.
Coronary heart disease is just one among the many diseases of the heart that we may develop. But what’s surprising is, owning a dog can help prevent it and other cardiovascular diseases.
Why Getting A Dog Is Beneficial
A group of people ages 40 to 80 participated in a Swedish study to examine the link between mortality and owning a pet. Surprisingly, the research has proven that the mortality rate of dog owners is lower than non-dog owners. Three million subjects, one study, and it showed 36 percent reduction in heart attack risk compared to non-dog owners.
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