Cardiovascular Reactivity and the Presence of Pets, Friends, and Spouses: The Truth About Cats and Dogs

@article{Allen2002CardiovascularRA,
  title={Cardiovascular Reactivity and the Presence of Pets, Friends, and Spouses: The Truth About Cats and Dogs},
  author={Karen Allen and Jim Blascovich and Wendy Berry Mendes},
  journal={Psychosomatic Medicine},
  year={2002},
  volume={64},
  pages={727-739}
}
Objective The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of the presence of friends, spouses, and pets on cardiovascular reactivity to psychological and physical stress. Methods Cardiovascular reactivity was examined among 240 married couples, half of whom owned a pet. Mental arithmetic and cold pressor were performed in one of four randomly assigned social support conditions: alone, with pet or friend (friend present for non-pet owners), with spouse, with spouse and pet/friend. Results… Expand

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