We {Heart} Pets… and so does our heart!

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With National Heart Month upon us, we wanted to share some awesome information about how owning a pet has some pretty significant heart-healthy benefits! According to the American Journal of Cardiology, having a pet can actually assist in making the heart more adaptable for people with chronic diseases. An adaptable heart  means that a person’s heart rate will change as their physical activity or mood does, which is a positive reaction to maintain an overall heart-healthy balance. Studies have also shown that people who own pets, especially cats had a lower risk of dying from a heart attack or other heart problems than people who have never owned a cat before. And finally, a study done by researchers from Miami University and St. Louis University found that pets provide the same emotional benefits as human relationships. So you may want ask your pet to “Be Yours” this Valentine’s Day… your heart will thank you!

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