National Geographic : 1940 Aug
A Lot of "Heart Trouble" Isn't! Too MANY PEOPLE have fear in their hearts-about their hearts. They have been told that "heart trouble" usually announces itself by such warning symptoms as shortness of breath, sense of oppression or actual pain near heart, or fainting. However, no one symptom should make you de cide, "I have heart trouble!" The cause may ac tually be disease of the lungs or digestive system, or nervous strain-or it may be something rela tively unimportant. But, whenever any signs occur -your physician should be the one to decide what's really wrong! , Such aids to accurate diagnosis as the stetho scope, the fluoroscope, the electrocardiograph, en able him in most cases to determine the heart's condition. He may be able to assure you that your heart is sound, that something minor needs cor rection. Even if the trouble is in your heart it need not necessarily mean that you will be an invalid-if it is detected in its early stages. You may be able, by following the doctor's instructions, to continue working and enjoying life for many years. , Today, many men and women whose hearts are not normal lead useful, active lives. They and their doctors know what their hearts can and cannot do; their habits of work, exercise, recreation, rest, eat ing, and drinking, are sensibly regulated. The most common forms of heart trouble strike most frequently after the age of 40. As you and your heart approach this period, it is wise to modify your work and play so as to avoid overexertion. Too much of either is dangerous. Get plenty of rest and keep your weight down. Remember, too, that sudden indulgence in unusual or over-long exercise is apt to place too severe a strain on the heart. , And at this time-more than ever-it is impor tant to have thorough annual health examinations. Such examinations often can detect trouble before serious symptoms appear. For information concerning the hearts of young and old, send for Metropolitan's free booklet, "Pro tecting Your Heart." Write today to Dept. 840-N. COPYRIGHT 1940-METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE CO. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (A MUTUAL COMPANY) () Frederick H. Ecker, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Leroy A. Lincoln, PRESIDENT 1 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK, N. Y. Plan to visit the Metropolitan'sexhibits at the New York World's Fair and at the Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco.