People who own dogs are less prone to heart disease Your Heart

August 29, 2013 – 01:55


And when that is already your best friend can also be your best ally for your health? Know that you can rely on a "doctor of four legs" to it. Experts from the American Heart Association, the pets can reduce the risk of their owners develop heart disease, hypertension, high blood cholesterol, obesity and emotional disorders.

The dog is the best example for this kind of beneficial relationship, as has the need to go out for walks and requires the owner to exit from sedentary to play and basic care. Moreover, according to the same American Heart Association, people who have dogs are 54% more likely to achieve the recommended level of physical activity - at least 90 minutes of walking per week.

The relationship between animals and treatment of heart disease has been gaining ground in the study of medicine, as well as research the Baker Medical Research Institute, which proves that the owners of dogs and cats have lower rates of cholesterol and triglycerides than those who do not have pets. Both rates favoring atherosclerosis (plaque formation that clogs arteries, allowing infarction and other heart problems).

It was also perceived by the American Heart Association that pets improve the quality of life of people who suffer from cardiovascular disease or not, making them more humorous and mitigating the sufferings everyday. Stress can be reduced, because the contact with the animals helps release several "good hormones": as beta endorphins, prolactin and oxytocin, they all act regulating rates of cortisol (a hormone related to alertness), the that reduces stress, beyond the control of the levels of adrenaline, which is directly related to increased blood pressure. Acetylcholine, another hormone linked to the state of tranquility, is also released and lowers blood pressure and heart and respiratory rates.

Other techniques reiterate the benefits of human-animal interaction, such as Pet Therapy, Assisted Therapy Dogs (TAC) and Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT), in which the animal is a co-therapist and helps the patient to achieve the goals proposed in their treatments. Including, contrary to popular belief, putting children who live with these bugs in early childhood, make them develop an increase in the immune system, preventing allergic and respiratory diseases. Animals also help children with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), autism and relationship difficulties (excessive shyness and fear).

But have you thought about having a pet?

Dr. Marcelo Sobra l - Cardiologist Charity Portuguesa de São Paulo
Egle Bellintani - Psychologist of CEAP () Beneficência Portuguesa de São Paulo


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