This is the happy news I needed today. Dogs are good for our blood pressure, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Just the act of petting a dog can lower your blood pressure.
The research looked at about 60 college students. The students’ blood pressure and heart rate was monitored while spending time with dogs. A few different tests were done, including playing, talking, and petting. They found that the physical contact was necessary for the blood pressure drop. Simply talking to a dog won’t help at all, apparently. But as soon as the students started to actually pet the dogs – that’s when things started dropping.
Another study from the mid-90s says that heart attack patients do better when they have dogs. The figures say that heart attack patients were 8-times more likely to live over a year following their heart attack if they owned a dog. So, according to the research, live a healthier life and get a dog? I mean, dogs are pretty awesome, you should get one anyway. Unless you have an allergy or something, no reason to go through that, there are other great ways to lower blood pressure. See some more on the study over here.