Pets make for a healthy heart, says AHA

13 May 2013

Having a pet may cut owners’ risk for heart disease, according to new healthcare research. For those who already suffer from a cardiovascular condition, the companionship of an animal may increase chances of survival.

The recent study, conducted by the American Heart Association (AHA), carefully analysed similar research from around the world. From global studies, the AHA panel determined that having a pet - a dog, especially - correlates with reduced heart disease risk, lower stress and cholesterol levels, as well recommended exercise levels. The study also suggested that pet ownership has psychological benefits, as well.

Although the AHA study did reveal a link between pet ownership and lowered risk for heart conditions, it may be more of a correlation than causation. Researchers think having a pet, and the responsibility that comes along with it, encourages owners to get active. Daily walks and playtime not only benefit pets’ health, they also help owners relieve stress and anxiety.

If you’re concerned about your risk for cardiovascular disease, don’t rely on a pet to fix the problem. Go to a Spire hospital, where a professional will assess your risk through one-off blood tests.

Posted by Edward Bartel

Health News is provided by Adfero in collaboration with Spire Healthcare. Please note that all copy above is ©Adfero Ltd. and does not reflect views or opinions of Spire Healthcare unless explicitly stated. Additional comments on the page from individual Spire consultants do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of other consultants or Spire Healthcare.

Find a treatment, test or scan available at:


Find a consultant

Use one or more of the options below to search for a consultant and link through to view their Spire profile.


Let us help you

fill out this form and we will get back to you:

Please select a hospital

We can call you

Please enter your details below and we will call you back.

What is the aim of your enquiry?

Please select a hospital

If we are unable to reach you by phone, please include your email address so that we can get in touch...



© Spire Healthcare Group plc (2016)