Cat ownership and the Risk of Fatal Cardiovascular Diseases. Results from the Second National Hea...

12 Jan 2009Adnan I Qureshi, MD, Muhammad Zeeshan Memon, MD, Gabriela Vazquez, PhD, MS, and M Fareed K Suri, MD

A decreased risk for death due to MI and all cardiovascular diseases (including stroke) was observed among persons with cats. Acquisition of cats as domestic pets may represent a novel strategy for reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases in high-risk individuals.

Cohort Study
4 effects
20 years
4435 subjects

Reported Outcomes

VariablesOutcomeEffectLatency

Pets Selfcare risk & protective factor
Pets
Selfcare

Stroke Brain outcome
Stroke
Brain

Strong Increase

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Pets Selfcare risk & protective factor
Pets
Selfcare

Mortality Musculoskeletal outcome
Mortality
Musculoskeletal

Strong Increase

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Pets Selfcare risk & protective factor
Pets
Selfcare

Heart Attack (Myocardial infarction - ACS) Cardiovascular outcome
Heart Attack (M...
Cardiovascular

Strong Decrease

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Pets Selfcare risk & protective factor
Pets
Selfcare

Cardiovascular Disease Cardiovascular outcome
Cardiovascular ...
Cardiovascular

Strong Decrease

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