ManвЂ™s best friend may be you hearts best friend. Yes that was a dog you saw going down the hospital hallway.
Scientist carefully monitored heart patientвЂ™s response to visits from a volunteer alone, a volunteer with a therapeutic dog and to no visits. Patients visited by a volunteer alone had a 10% drop in their anxiety level, those visited by a volunteer and a dog had a 24% decline in their anxiety level according to a standard rating scale. Doctors are experimenting with pets staying with patients. All the patients in the tests are asked to participate and are selected only if they arenвЂ™t afraid of animals and want to join the program.
вЂњThe novel study, presented Tuesday at an American Heart Association meeting, is one of the first to use scientific measurements to document that therapeutic dogs lower anxiety, stress and heart and lung pressure among heart failure patients.вЂќ
“You can see it on their face, first you see a smile and then you see the worries of the world roll off their shoulders,” said Kathie Cole, a nurse at the University of California Los Angeles Medical Center who led the study. Leslie Kern, director of cardiac research for the heart institute at Memorial Medical Center in Long Beach, Calif., said such visits help make patients’ lives more normal.
“I’m not surprised at all that something that makes people feel good also makes them feel less anxious, has measurable physiological effects,” said Dr. Marc Gillinov, a cardiac surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic who was not involved in the study.вЂќ – Associated Press
Maybe we all should keep a nice friendly dog around on a daily basis to relieve our stress level every day. I know I enjoy meeting our pets at the end of the day when I come home.