Own a dog? You may live longer according to study

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A Toronto researcher says owning a dog may extend your life. 

A study released today suggests dog owners live longer than their canine-less counterparts, experiencing nearly a one-third lower risk of dying from heart problems. 

Caroline Kramer, an endocrinologist at Mount Sinai Hospital, led the systematic review published by an American Heart Association journal.

Researchers found that dog ownership was associated with a 31 per cent risk reduction of death due to cardiovascular-related issues. 

This gap was even more pronounced among dog owners who had survived a heart attack, whose risk of death was 65 per cent lower than non-owners.