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This book sets out to examine how animals affect their companion humans' quality of life. The contributors address human animal interaction (HAI) according to the elements that define quality of life: physical; mental/emotional and social health; functional health; and general well-being. The book will be required reading for all health and social science professionals caring for clients who already have companion animals or for clients who might benefit from such interaction.

Chapter 10: Animals and Cardiovascular Health

Animals and Cardiovascular Health
Animals and cardiovascular health
Garry L R.JenningsChristopher M.ReidIreneChristyJonisJenningsWarwick PAndersonAnthonyDart

The potential relationship between pet ownership and cardiovascular disease is intriguing. This chapter provides an overview of several studies that contribute to that line of reasoning as a means of identifying areas of needed research. Cardiovascular risk factors were examined in 5,741 healthy participants attending a screening service. Pet owners had significantly lower systolic blood pressure and plasma triglycerides than nonowners. There were also significantly lower cholesterol values in men but not in women. Systolic blood pressure and triglyceride differences were seen only in women over age 40. Differences in plasma triglycerides and systolic blood pressure were relatively modest, averaging in men 13% and 2%, respectively. Coupled with the high frequency of ownership ...

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