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Four-Legged Stress Relief

Owning a dog or cat may be a good bet for helping to control high blood pressure. A new study at the University of Buffalo showed that in a group of 48 stockbrokers, all on hypertension medication, those who were given pets kept their blood pressure more stable during stressful situations.

However, stockbrokers that didn't own a pet did not have the same stable blood pressure. In a recent study conducted by The American Heart Association, pets are thought to calm their owners, and provide some stress-reducing companionship.

Date Published: 09/29/2002
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