|Does petting a dog could affect a person's blood
|Question Date: 2013-09-19|
This is an interesting question. I'm not sure
if there have been studies that show this, but my
guess would be that it could, and here's why: When
people are stressed out, their bodies release
stress hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline.
These hormones act by inducing a "fight or flight"
response in the body, which results in a faster
heart beat, as well as several other physical
responses. These leads to a temporary spike in
blood pressure. Now, I would imagine that if
someone who is stressed out starts petting a dog
and begins to feel more relaxed, the body moves
away from the "fight or flight" response and into
a "rest and digest" state of being, where the
heart beat slows down and blood pressure would
decrease. However, remember to take this with a
grain of salt -- I'm not aware of research that
has been performed regarding this topic!
Petting a dog or interacting with one in any
way relieves stress. The level of cortisol, a
stress hormone produced in the adrenal gland, is
lowered. For this reason, a person's blood
pressure lowers. Studies show owning a dog helps
fight depression, lowers blood pressure, lowers
heart rate, help someone with autism address their
senses, and calms a person. That furry little
friend is worth more than you will ever know.
If you like dogs, then being with a dog will relax
you, and when you relax, your blood pressure will
drop if it has been elevated. Spending time with
beloved family or friends that is free of stress
will have the same effect.
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