February 26, 2008
Cats Cut Heart Attack Risk?

Fluffy warms your heart and keeps it beating.

Owning a cat could reduce your risk of a heart attack by nearly one third, researchers told delegates of the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference in New Orleans last week. The finding provoked a mixed reaction from heart experts and veterinarians.

The finding was the main result of a 10 year study of more than 4,000 Americans by researchers at the University of Minnesota's Stroke Institute in Minneapolis. Executive director of the Institute, Dr Adnan Qureshi, who is also senior author of the study, was reported by US News & World Report to have said:

The study didn't include enough dog owners to prove a benefit from dogs. My suspicion is that dogs reduce heart attack risk as well - especially dogs whose owners let the dogs become personal trainers. A big Australian Shepherd Red Merle named Oakley did more to make me exercise than any hobby or person ever did.

This study probably tells us that a lot of people feel a fair amount of stress. If cats cut our heart risks they probably do this my making us feel more relaxed. Well, if that is the case a lot of people are killing themselves with worry. What to do about it? Try living below your means. Then a job loss or unexpected expenses will cause less stress.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2008 February 26 08:47 PM  Aging Cardiovascular Studies

Mark Plus said at February 28, 2008 4:04 PM:

Perhaps that Toxoplasma parasite humans can apparently puck up from cats confers some health benefits to humans.

Randall Parker said at February 28, 2008 7:09 PM:

Mark Plus,

I wondered about the T.gondii effect as well when writing the post. Does it make one less anxious and more relaxed? Does that lower heart risk? Could be.

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