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Your heart’s best friend: Dog ownership associated with better cardiovascular health

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  • Owning a dog is now a scientifically proven strategy for improving the health of one’s heart.
  • Analysis of changes in 7 key health indicators over 5 years has shown that people with no history of heart disease are healthier when they own pets.
  • They report more physical activity, better diet and blood sugar levels -- the benefits were biggest for dog owners.
  • The study continues, and will check up on participants every 5 years until 2030.

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