February is often associated with hearts for Valentine’s day, but that isn’t the only heart occasion that takes place this month. February is Heart Month and is celebrated across the nation by many.
Every 1 in 4 deaths is due to heart disease (heart attacks, stroke, and high blood pressure). There are many things you can do to prevent heart disease, and studies have shown owning a dog is a great way to lower your risk.
Dogs help their owners increase their level of physical activity. Most people who own dogs are generally more active than those who do not own a dog. How? By taking them for walks or runs and playing with them in the yard. By increasing your level of activeness you may see a decrease in BMI which is a contributing factor to heart disease.
It is no surprise that owning a dog will increase your mood. Dog owners tend to have lower blood pressure due to the calming effects they give us when we spend time with them. Several studies have shown that a person’s blood pressure goes down when they pet a dog. With their calming abilities, it also helps how people cope with stress.
All of these factors together can help to lower the risk of heart disease. Owning a pet helps to lower your cholesterol, blood pressure, and increase the likeliness of surviving a heart attack.
For more information visit heart.org.