Pet Therapy Helps Heart Patients
In a first-of-its kind study on the effects of pet therapy,
research has shown that acute and critically ill heart patients experienced a 24
percent drop in anxiety when they were visited by a dog and a human volunteer. A
visit by a human volunteer decreased anxiety by 10 percent. Patients with no
visitors had anxiety levels that remained the same. The patients in the study
all had heart failure.
The findings were presented at the American Heart
Association’s annual meeting.
This kind of news isn’t surprising to people who love
animals, but having firm study results confirming what we already know may
encourage hospitals and other facilities to develop pet therapy programs if they
don’t have them already.
Presentations at the American Heart Association’s 2005 Annual Meeting