Animal companions and one-year survival of patients after discharge from a coronary care unit
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| Contributor(s):: Erika Friedmann, Aaron Honori Katcher, James Lynch, Sue Ann Thomas
This study looked at the effects of social isolation and social support on the survival of patients whowere hospitalized in a CCU with a diagnosis of MI or angina pectoris (AP). Social factors have been reportedto account for some of the variation in the incidence of MI and AP (25,28), but...
Heart quiz that could save your life
| Contributor(s):: Browder, Sue Ellin
Pet ownership and cardiovascular risk reduction: supporting evidence, conflicting data and underlying mechanisms
| Contributor(s):: Arhant-Sudhir, K., Arhant-Sudhir, R., Sudhir, K.
It is widely believed that pet ownership is beneficial to humans and that some of this benefit is through favourable effects on cardiovascular risk. In the present review, we critically examine the evidence in support of this hypothesis and present the available data with respect to major...
Pets, depression and long-term survival in community living patients following myocardial infarction
| Contributor(s):: Friedmann, E., Thomas, S. A., Son, H. S.
Evidence supports the contribution of depression, anxiety, and poor social support to mortality of hospitalized myocardial infarction (MI) patients. The contribution of depression to survival is independent of disease severity. Pet ownership, a non-human form of social support, has also been...