Prescription for heart disease: pat a dog

Posted on November 27, 2005 

Prescription for heart disease: pat a dog

Prescription for heart disease: pat a dog

Just a few minutes spent patting a dog can relieve a heart patient’s anxiety and perhaps even help recovery during a visit to the hospital, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday.

“This therapy warrants serious consideration as an adjunct to medical therapy in hospitalized heart failure patients. Dogs are a great comfort,” said Kathie Cole, a registered nurse at the University of California Medical Center in Los Angeles who led the study.

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