A study says that cat owners have lower risk of heart attack.
Owning a cat could reduce your risk of a heart attack by nearly one third, researchers in New Orleans, America said. The finding was based on a 10 year study of more than 4000 people.
It states that for years it is known that psychological stress and anxiety are related to cardiovascular events such as heart attack. Researchers said having pets, including dogs probably helped to relieve stress.
Researchers extracted data on 4,435 Americans aged 30 to 75, from the second National Health and Nutrition Examination Study that took place from 1976 to 1980. 2,435 of the participants were current or former cat owners, while the remaining 2,000 had never had a cat.
Using the main outcome as death from all causes, including stroke and heart events, the researchers found that over a 10 year follow up period, cat owners showed a 30 per cent lower risk of death from heart attack compared to non cat owners.
They said this research opens a whole new avenue that hadn’t been looked at before, one that can be made at the public level. And there appear to be no risks with this approach, unlike drugs or surgery.
This approach helps you keep healthy and avoid all high cost medical intervention like surgery and medicines.