At the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions in Philadelphia, there was a plethora of science, networking, and puppies.
After Circulation announced data that showed the association of dog ownership with a better outcome after a cardiovascular event, dog owners everywhere rejoiced. The American Heart Association has taken it one step further, inviting furry friends to the Sessions.
Did you know there was a puppy snuggle zone at this year's Scientific Sessions? #AHA19 Recent studies have shown dog ownership is associated with longer life, especially among heart attack and stroke survivors. https://t.co/HcKj7wRrbQ pic.twitter.com/aNJUaGvEIq— American Heart News (@HeartNews) November 18, 2019
Needless to say, it was a popular fixture. Attendees took to Twitter to show off the furry friends.
It turns out we have PUPPIES AT #AHA19 ! If this isn’t the best event, I don’t know which is... #phdlife #aha2019 @AHAMeetings @AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter pic.twitter.com/BeCdsq77Qc— Natalia Menezes (@ndemenez) November 16, 2019
Look at puppies for #hearthealth, Adoptable dogs bringing joy at #AHA19 pic.twitter.com/EIRYDBQren— Kelsey Bryant MD, MPH (@KBBNYC) November 16, 2019
I have a new conference fave: the Puppy Snuggle Zone. #AHA19 pic.twitter.com/YaxFqkdPXN— Kaitlin Voigts Key (@kaitvkey) November 16, 2019
#AHA2019 puppy snuggle zone is open for snuggles (and play!) pic.twitter.com/7yP6AsHsEc— @jennifersilva (@jenniferavari) November 16, 2019
Fitting to have one’s heart stolen at #AHA19 — thanks for the puppy break @MorrisAnimal !! pic.twitter.com/4W9criqnde— Grant M. Gallagher (@gallagher_grant) November 18, 2019
But attendees didn’t forget that they were there for science, drawing comparisons between puppy therapy and some of the data announced at the meeting.
If I'm not mistaken, one of these puppies (up for adoption through @MorrisAnimal!) is named PCI and the other OMT. #AHA19 #ISCHEMIA pic.twitter.com/kgpRO9g3mF— Yael L. Maxwell (@TCTMD_Yael) November 16, 2019
Study proposal for ISCHEMIA-2— Edward J Schloss MD (@EJSMD) November 16, 2019
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Puppy Snuggle Zone#AHA19 https://t.co/bTfmJawNIM
But the conference didn’t just have puppies. It had on-site childcare…
AHA’s Scientific Sessions are already amazing due to cutting-edge science, networking opportunities, and the overall positive energy. This year, they topped it by providing childcare and... a puppy snuggle zone (PSZ)!! Evidence-based to reduce blood pressure and HR! ❤️ #AHA19 pic.twitter.com/YFD0IwDSnc— Lilian Sattler, PhD, RPh, FAHA (@thesattler) November 16, 2019
… and a Hamilton performance.
For those that missed it - puppy therapy has been overshadowed... #Hamilton at #AHA19 pic.twitter.com/hqtH2vH4X8— Andrew Chapman (@chapdoc1) November 17, 2019
Some attendees were conflicted because the puppy appearance was sponsored by Amgen, and it was a lot of stimulation for the young dogs.
I have so many conflicting thoughts about the puppy snuggle zone at #AHA19. 1) Genius marketing move by @Amgen. 2) SO bizarre that CME conferences have come to this. 3) I LOVE puppies! 4) Are the puppies ok? This seems unfair to the puppies. Someone help me figure this out!! pic.twitter.com/3ecbrxYB2w— Rebecca Ortega (@rebeccaortega30) November 17, 2019
But others maintained it was something to brag about.
Does your conference have puppies? Ours does... #AHA19 ❤️ I’m pretty sure this is good for heart health right? pic.twitter.com/Jsnm7ZB0jV— DrNurse (@cns1003rn) November 16, 2019
And, unsurprisingly, Twitter users in other specialties want to spot puppies at their next medical conference, too.
Attention, nephrologists! We need puppies at #KidneyWk! #AHA19 is going to be awesome because of this (and the science, but come on, puppies!!) 🐶🐶👇🏽👇🏾 https://t.co/CNYsgmxr2g— Jennie Lin, MD MTR (@jenniejlin) November 16, 2019
Who knows what next year’s AHA conference will have!
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