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.