In the United States, health care costs are extremely high. While many people rely on expensive medicines to keep themselves healthy, the latest research indicates that they should just get a cat instead.

The Journal of Vascular and Interventional Neurology claims that cat owners have a decreased risk of dying from heart attacks or strokes. “Acquisition of cats as domestic pets may represent a novel strategy for reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases in high-risk individuals,” the study’s authors say.

So if America truly wants a national health care system, it’s as simple as going down to your local animal shelter and adopting one or more cats.

To learn more about how cats can reduce your risk of heart attacks or strokes, click here.