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How dog ownership might improve your overall health

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Looking to improve your heart health? You might want to think about getting a dog.

A growing body of scientific research suggests that having a canine companion is associated with a number of health benefits, including improved cardiovascular health.

“Numerous studies from Scandinavia, England and the United States suggest that dog owners have better health than individuals who don’t own dogs. But what we really want to know is whether owning dogs produces better health or if it just means that healthier individuals are more likely to own dogs,” says Dr. Dhruv Satish Kazi, a cardiologist and associate director of the Smith Center of Outcomes Research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a member of the faculty of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

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