Now available online (full text, pdf): The Effect of Human-Animal Interaction on Human Cardiovascular Health
"More than 2,150 Americans die from cardiovascular disease (CVD) daily, an average of 1 death every 40 seconds (Go et al., 2014 ). In any given year, approximately 620,000 Americans suffer their first coronary attack, and 295,000 have a repeat attack. Even though rates of CVD declined between 2000 and 2010 ( Go et al., 2014), its impact on healthcare costs and the lives of affected individuals, their families, and the community is substantial. In an attempt to further reduce rates of CVD and improve myocardial infarction (MI) survival rates, researchers extensively studied the effects of various medical and social variables on cardiovascular health, including human-animal contact."
A lit of the other HABRI Central Briefs (peer-reviewed summaries of research on the benefits pf the human-animal bond) can be found here.