Animal friends appear to help human hearts

05/10/2013 | USA Today · MedicalDaily.com

Pet owners can add "heart health" to the list of reasons they love their animals. According to the American Heart Association, owning a pet is associated with more physical activity, lower blood pressure, better lipid levels and better acute coronary syndrome survival. "Pet ownership is an important nonhuman form of social support and may provide cardioprotective benefits in patients with established" cardiovascular disease, according to the AHA.

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