Let Dr. Oz Refer You to Another Heart Specialist: Dr. Fluffy
You may have heard that pets can ease the suffering of the sick or injured—but these furry Mother Teresas can even help those folks who are feeling generally okay. Petting your dog or cat—or even gazing at your fish in an aquarium—helps calm you down and lower your blood pressure, according to Dr. Oz
. Researchers who tracked 24 hypertensive stockbrokers who adopted a cat or dog found that pet ownership blunted the blood pressure response to mental stress (incidentally, the standard hypertension drug did not). Don't have a pet? Visit a neighbor who does or stop by an animal shelter on your way home.