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Regular dog-walking improves physical capacity in elderly patients after myocardial infarction.
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PMID:  22220408     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Various positive effects of pet ownership on cardiovascular health are well known. The aim of this prospective and controlled longitudinal study was to determine the effects of everyday dog-walking on physical capacity in elderly patients during the first year after myocardial infarction. Regularly dog-walking for at least 15 minutes three times a day is related to significantly higher work load on the bicycle exercise test (72.5 +/- 10.75 versus 67.6 +/- 11.6 W p < 0.05) in the "dog-walking" group (N = 29, mean age 72.5 years) at 12 months compared to the control group (N = 30, mean age 71.7 years). Our results suggest that dogs may help to maintain continuous physical activity in elderly cardiovascular patients promoting their physical capacity. Further researches are needed to confirm this association as well to identify other possible influences of dog ownership on the cardiovascular health and on the outcome in patients after myocardial infarction.
Authors:
Alen Ruzić; Bojan Miletić; Tatjana Ruzić; Viktor Persić; Gordana Laskarin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Collegium antropologicum     Volume:  35 Suppl 2     ISSN:  0350-6134     ISO Abbreviation:  Coll Antropol     Publication Date:  2011 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-01-06     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8003354     Medline TA:  Coll Antropol     Country:  Croatia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  73-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Clinic for Cardiovascular Disease Treatment, Prevention and Rehabilitation, Hospital Thalassotherapia Opatija, Croatia. alen.ruzic1@ri.t-com.hr
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