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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.
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.
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.
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.
And, unsurprisingly, Twitter users in other specialties want to spot puppies at their next medical conference, too.
Who knows what next year’s AHA conference will have!
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