In addition to being affectionally called "Man's Best Friend," did you know that dogs are also good for your heart? A study from the American Heart Association found that dog owners tend to have lower blood pressure and lower resting heart rates than people who don't have a dog. The study found dog owners also tend to be more active, report fewer incidences of depression and experience lower stress levels. What's more, the study found that children who grow up in a house with a dog are less likely to be obese.
Lexington Medical Center has a robust pet therapy program - with more than a dozen dogs who visit patients at our hospital and skilled nursing facility. These furry friends are a valued part of the hospital's Volunteer Services program. Each Valentine's Day, we invite staff and community members to pet a dog and educate them about the health benefits of dog ownership. Participants also receive a free blood pressure screening.
Here's a look at some of our favorite photos from this year's edition.
To learn more about our hospital's comprehensive cardiovascular program, visit LexMed.com/HVC.