Pill+Pet=Blood Pressure Stable During Stress

During stressful situations, pets help keep blood pressure from rocketing upward. Medications help during normal daily life, but for tough times, the best choice is medication+pet.

“ACE inhibitors can keep high blood pressure under control if life is running smoothly, but they don’t prevent it from rising when things get tense — like when the bottom drops out of the stock market. That’s when a person needs a friend.”

“she found that in 24 participants selected at random to add a dog or cat to their treatment regimen, these cardiovascular measures remained significantly more stable during stressful situations than in 24 participants in the non-pet-owner group, who served as controls.”

This study is small, but it confirms what all pet lovers already know.