They say dogs are man’s best friend. There is nothing like the unconditional love of a dog, but dogs can literally heal the heart. According to the American Heart Association, owning a dog decreases the risk of heart disease.
Here are the reasons a dog makes your heart healthy:
Every dog requires exercise and so do you. Leashing up gives you the opportunity to get the suggested 30 minutes of daily walking to lower your chances of heart disease.
Dog owners have shown to have lower blood pressure than their dog-less counterparts. Research suggests that simply petting a dog lowers blood pressure.
Dogs also calm their owners. Petting a dog releases relaxation hormones and reduces stress in the body. The heart rate and blood pressure of dog owners is known to remain lower and return to normal faster during stress.
Dog owners love to talk about their dogs, just ask one. Getting out and being social is good for both your mental and physical health. Research has found that people who feel isolated and lonely are more likely to have a heart attack or stroke. So, take your dog out and make friends.
Remember, dogs require work and responsibility as well as love. Jumpstart dog ownership and visit the doctors at Carolina Heart & Leg Center, P.A. for your healthiest heart.
Your pup’s positive effects on your heart is something to consider when talking with your doctor about your health and exercise regimen. At Carolina Heart & Leg Center, P.A. we are dedicated to providing patients with expert knowledge and the highest standard of care. Contact us today at 910-491-1760 and put your health in good hands.
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