A recent study suggests that women who own a cat or a dog are 40% less likely to die from a stroke. The study, conducted by researchers at Georgia Southern University, examined cardiovascular health outcomes of over 4,000 people over the age of 50. The results suggest that the effects of pet ownership on stroke risk reduction may be particularly strong among older women.
According to Reuters, a study done by the High Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular Prevention Journal found that women over the age of 50 were less likely to experience a stroke if they have a cat or dog (more so if you have a cat). The study apparently looked at 4,000 people over the age of 50 and found that female pet owners have a 40 percent less chance of dying from a stroke. This phenomenon was however only seen in women, men did not seem to benefit from having a pet.
While the benefits of pets on cardiovascular health have been known for some time, this latest study provides additional insight into our understanding of the nature of those effects.
Source: Pets Are Good for Your Health