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Owning a pet cat may help your heart

February 26, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
If you're not allergic to them, having a cat might be great for your heart.According to researchers at the University of Minnesota, people who don't own a cat have about a 40 percent higher risk of dying from heart disease.

Scientists don't know why, but say their best guess is that having a pet relieves stress and anxiety.

Sorry dog owners -- researchers found no protective relationship between man and his so called "best friend." However, that could be due to the limitations of the study, and not a conclusion about dogs specifically.


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