National Geographic : 1934 Sep
(te Heart Disease Paradox Inthis country more cases of heart disease are being prevented each year -yet more deaths are charged to the heart than ever before. D ESPITE seeming contradiction, those are the facts. Better protection of children against diseases which are often followed by heart trouble means that fewer young hearts are being exposed to injury. Better treatment of hearts temporarily damaged by the "poisons" of acute infec tions often prevents such damage from be coming permanent. Better control of venereal and other diseases that damage hearts has been another important factor in reducing the deathrate from heart disease at all ages up to 45 years. You can help to prevent heart disease in your home by having your children im munized against diphtheria, by protecting them, so far as possible, against other heart damaging diseases, such as sore throats, repeated colds, acute rheumatic fever, scarlet fever, measles and typhoid fever. Should they have any of these diseases, see that your doctor's orders are strictly obeyed, so that injured hearts may not re sult. Especially follow his instructions as to how long the child is to be kept in bed. Rest is an important part of the treatment for "poisoned" hearts during and follow, ing any acute infection. Annual health examinations offer a further opportunity to control heart disease. In rSm man im r 9on9i9 99199! 55iii middle-aged people heart disease frequently results from chronic or focal infections in teeth, tonsils, sinuses or in other parts of the body. When advisable, your doctor may employ the fluoroscope and electrocardiograph to determine the condition of your heart. He can see whether or not it is showing the effects of wear and tear long before it ac tually breaks down. If necessary, your doctor will advise changes in habits of work and rest, food and drink, or the cor rection of impairments. Far from being cause for alarm, the mount ing deathrate from heart disease at the older ages is encouraging evidence that needless deaths in childhood, youth and middle age are being prevented. Many of the deaths of older people ascribed to heart disease are really due to heart failure-just the natural, peaceful ending of a long life. * * * * * More than half the readers of this page, who are about 35 years old, will pass the age of 70; and one out of five will outlive fourscore years. Many a man is adding years to his life and is enjoying what is literally a new lease of life by taking care of his heart and by making intelligent changes in his living habits. Send for Metropolitan's free booklet "Give Tour Heart a Chance." Address Booklet Dept. 934.N. METROPOLITAN FREDERICK H. ECKER, PRESIDENT LIFE -9* INSURANCE COMPANY S ONE MADISON AVE., NEW YORK, N. Y. 0 1a4 M. L.I. CO. "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."