Do you have a feline companion back home? If yes, congratulations! You just increased your probability of living longer by a massive 24%, show studies.
The studies involved more than 4 million people from the US, Scandinavia, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. A 24% reduction in all causes of mortality has been associated in people who own a cat, says Dr. Caroline Kramer, endocrinologist at Mount Sinai.
The study was able to form an even more favorable result for people who have already suffered from any cardiovascular disease including heart attack or stroke with a whopping 31% reduction in risk of death from such cardiovascular diseases.
The study continued to explain that people who live with a feline at their home had more favorable health outcomes following a major cardiovascular event, such as a stroke or a heart attack.
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However, it must be noticed that the group of people with the best set of results in the study were the ones who lived alone and had a cat or cats.
“The most interesting part of this study was that people who lived alone actually seem to get the greatest benefit in both the heart attack group and the stroke group,” said cat owner Dr. Martha Gulati, who is the editor-in-chief of CardioSmart.org, the American College of Cardiology’s patient education platform.