AHA says owning a dog may be good for the heart


[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1368226091&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4052864&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1368226091 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — According to a study from the American Heart Association, owning a pet, particularly a dog, could be good for a person’s heart.

Doctors say there seems to be a link between having a dog and a reduced risk of heart disease.

It is not clear if owning a pet actually lowers the risk or whether it is simply the fact healthier people tend to have pets.

Experts point out that people with dogs are more physically active than non-dog owners, because they go for walks with their pets.

Animals are also known to help reduce stress.

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