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Researchers discovered that a minute visit with man's best friend helped heart and lung function by lowering pressures, diminishing release of harmful hormones and decreasing anxiety among hospitalized heart failure patients. Benefits exceeded those that resulted from a visit with a human volunteer or from being left alone.

Animal-assisted therapy AAT has been shown to reduce blood pressure in healthy and hypertensive patients. It reduces anxiety in hospitalized patients, too. Still, the therapeutic approach of using dogs to soothe people's minds and improve health has been considered more a "nicety" than credible science, said Kathie M. To determine the potential benefits of animal-assisted therapy on health, the researchers studied 76 hospitalized heart failure patients and their reactions to a visit from either a human volunteer and dog team, a human volunteer only or no visit the at-rest group.

Patients were randomly assigned to one of these three approaches. The intervention lasted 12 minutes. In the volunteer-dog team group, specially trained dogs of 12 different breeds would lie on patients' beds, so patients could touch them while interacting with the volunteer-dog team. Researchers monitored patients' hemodynamics - the collective system of measurement for blood volume, heart function and resistance of the blood vessels.

They measured hemodynamic pressures just before the minute intervention, eight minutes into the intervention and four minutes after the intervention.

Investigators also measured epinephrine and norepinephrine levels at these three time points, and administered an anxiety test before and after the intervention. Researchers found that anxiety scores dropped 24 percent for participants who received a visit from the volunteer-dog team. Scores for the volunteer-only group dropped 10 percent and the at-rest group's score did not change. Researchers measured anxiety with the Spielberger's self report state anxiety inventory.

Levels of the stress hormone epinephrine dropped an average Pulmonary capillary wedge, the measurement of left atrial pressure, dropped an average 2.

However, it increased 3 percent for the volunteer-only group and increased 5 percent for the at-rest group.

Systolic pulmonary artery pressure, a measure of pressure in the lungs, dropped in the volunteer-dog team group 5 percent during and 5 percent after therapy. It rose during and after therapy in the other two groups. The volunteer-dog team group showed more improvement than the volunteer-only group in right atrial pressure, norepinephrine level and heart rate. Dogs are a great comfort.

They make people happier, calmer and feel more loved. That is huge when you are scared and not feeling well. Through our recommendations we're helping to improve the strategies adopted by German development cooperation players. We're committed to the working in partnership. We nvolve development partners in our evaluation processes to ensure that cooperation takes place between equals.

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