Current Gerontology and Geriatrics Research / 2014 / Article / Tab 2

Review Article

The Benefit of Pets and Animal-Assisted Therapy to the Health of Older Individuals

Table 2

Studies on the use of animals on blood pressure.

StudyType of study Summary of results

Allen et al. [34]Randomized, unblinded, prospective, controlled48Subjects had lower blood pressure and heart rates in response to an acute mental stressor in the presence of a pet

Friedmann et al. [35]Controlled, unblinded, prospective11Blood pressure lower when animal and acute mental stressor present

Barker et al. [36]Controlled, unblinded, prospective 10Pet owners reduced systolic and diastolic blood pressure in the presence of animal when mental stressor present

Anderson et al. [38]Retrospective chart survey5741Pet owners had lower resting blood pressure

Wright et al. [39]Mail questionnaire1179Pet owners had lower systolic, mean arteriolar, pulse pressures, risk of HTN (O.R. = 0.62)