People who own dogs are more likely to survive heart attacks and strokes than people who don't, according to new research published by the American Heart Association.
The findings – produced by a clinical study, and a separate large-scale analysis of existing data – build on previous research and confirm the health benefits of dog ownership.
Dog ownership was associated with a 33% lower risk of death for heart attack survivors living alone, and a 27% reduced risk of death for stroke survivors living alone, compared to people who did not own a dog.
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