National Geographic : 1937 Aug
Planning your vacation? DON'T be reckless on your first day of vacation. You don't have to play six sets of tennis, thirty-six holes of golf, or swim a mile. The trained athlete doesn't. He knows bet ter. He breaks in gradually. Exercise which is taken too strenuously at the beginning may strain the heart. The chances are that your heart is good for all the reasonable exercise you will want on va cation. But why guess about it? Let your doctor examine you before you go away on your summer holiday. Some hearts, even in younger people, are de pendable for the usual routine of life but do not stand up under unusual or prolonged effort. The cause may be a previous infection which has been entirely forgotten. Rheu matic fever-"growing pains" in childhood may have left the heart permanently im paired. In middle-aged persons, particularly those who are overweight or who have a ten dency to high blood pressure, important changes often occur in the arteries of the heart which definitely limit its endurance. A heart that is somewhat below par, if used with care and discretion, may outlast a much stauncher one that is abused. Each year many people die of heart disease which might have remained just a heart "condition" if they had realized the need for caution. Some times indigestion, nervousness or lung ail ments are mistaken for heart trouble, caus ing needless alarm and anxiety. Drop in to see your doctor before you go away. Be prepared to get all the enjoyment and health you should out of your vacation. Know your own heart. The Metropolitan booklet "Give Your Heart a Chance" con tains much valuable information that you p,:' should have. A post card will bring you a 1 copy. Address Booklet Department 837-N . t METROPOLITAN LIFE 2 INSURANCE COMPANY FREDERICK H. ECKER LEROY A. LINCOLN Chairman of the Board President ONE MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK, N. Y. Copyright, 1937. by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."