A new study in the US has proven the link between dogs being good for your heart.

The study examined the link between dog ownership and a lowered risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.

The results showed that dog owners had a 24 per cent lower chance of dying from the disease and it monitored 3.8 million people across the globe.

The study also showed that dogs also helped those who suffered from a heart attack or a stroke as participants who experience one of the two diseases had a 34 per cent chance of not dying from the disease.

The study considered the reasons as to why this was the case, but for dog owners, it’s straightforward.

Dogs need exercise and in order to keep our furry friends happy, we indulge them by taking them on walks.

Humans getting more exercise is good for heart health, so both parties benefit from this.

Swedish study looked at 300,000 people and found that there are huge benefits for dog owners who live alone, as it lowered the rates of depression in dog owners.

The study also found that even those who come near a dog experience benefits, as those with hypertension experienced lower blood pressure.

Go out and pat a dog, it’s good for your blood pressure.

This article originally appeared on Over60.