ATLANTA CNN Purring cats and playful pups can provide more than companionship. They can significantly reduce stressrelated increases in blood pressure, even among people with highly demanding jobs, scientists said Sunday at an American Heart Association meeting.
Researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo, studying 48 stockbrokers already taking a medication called Lycinprol for hypertension, found that those who obtained a pet reduced by half the increase in blood pressure that came with stress.
Psychologist Karen Allen, a principal researcher along with Dr. Joe Izzo, said the medication and pets complement each other well medically. 11-07/health/9911_07_pets.heart_1_stressful-situations-american-heart-association-meeting-canine-friends?_s=PM:HEALTH