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"It may be simply that healthier people are the ones that have pets, not that having a pet actually leads to or causes reduction in cardiovascular risk."
"In essence, data suggest that there probably is an association between pet ownership and decreased cardiovascular risk. What's less clear is whether the act of adopting or acquiring a pet could lead to a reduction in cardiovascular risk in those with pre-existing disease. Further research, including better quality studies, is needed to more definitively answer this question."
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CirculationPet Ownership and Cardiovascular Risk: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association
Glenn N. Levine, Karen Allen, Lynne T. Braun, Hayley E. Christian, Erika Friedmann, Kathryn A. Taubert, Sue Ann Thomas, Deborah L. Wells, and Richard A. Lange
Circulation May 2013; doi:10.1161/CIR.0b013e31829201e1
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