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Having a dog reduces your risk of dying from a cardiovascular disease by 36%

Dog with panties on its head
© Fédération Française de Cardiologie - Youtube

The astounding numbers are not just-in; they’ve been out in the public eye since 2017. Yet, people are still unaware of the very real health benefits of owning a dog. So, the French Federation of Cardiology launched a campaign, and, well, it’s adorable.

By Justine Seraphin, 26 Jun 2019

The Federation’s goal is to incite senior citizens to adopt dogs. By doing so, they would reduce their risk of dying from a cardio-vascular disease by up to 36%. The group created an adorable video to support their campaign.

Lifesavers

“They drool, they smell, and they dig up your roses. Dogs can sometimes make your life difficult, but did you know they could also save it?” writes the Federation.

And this is no joke – the statistics were revealed in the 2017 study ‘Dog ownership and the risk of cardiovascular disease and death – a nationwide cohort study’.

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“Adopt a dog to take care of your heart and fight against inactivity!” continues the Federation.

Indeed, one of the main benefits of owning a dog is that they force you to perform a minimum of physical activity. Just like every muscle, the heart weakens if it’s not exercised regularly, and as people get older, they often forget to take care of it. With a dog, it’s impossible not to exercise your heart! They’ll keep you up and about every day!

“With a dog, take care of your heart by fighting against social isolation!”

Loneliness and social isolation are both dangerous for cardio-vascular health. According to various studies, people with few or no social interactions are twice more susceptible to developing serious pathologies, including cardio-vascular diseases. Owning a dog increases your social interactions: you meet other owners during your walks, people approach you to ask you about your pet – it’s all beneficial!

So, get a dog, for your health.