National Geographic : 1933 May
Clocks and Hearts 7 yHEN you look at a beautiful clock which has kept almost perfect time for nearly a hundred years, you marvel at the skill of its maker. However, it could not have kept ticking 31,536,000 times a year if it had not been regularly inspected and kept in good re pair during its long life. But far more remarkable than the old clock is the engine made for you by Nature, which pumps faster than the clock ticks your own heart which has throbbed more than 35,000,000 times a year with no stop ping for repairs. Your very life depends upon its continuing ability to pump blood to all parts of your body. Do you take good care of your heart? It will serve you longer, make you happier, make your life more worth living if you do not abuse it and if you do not neglect it in case it beats too fast or too slow, too faintly or too violently. Too prolonged overstrain at any age in life may cause heart trouble. There are, however, three general groups of heart difficulties: FIRST-the heart troubles of young people caused by diseases of childhood. Rheumatic fever and rheu matism (associated with "growing pains," tonsillitis and stiff and painful joints) frequently cause heart disease. Diphtheria, scarlet fever and measles may injure children's hearts. METROPOLITAN LIFE FREDERICK H. ECKER, PRESIDENT mn fm m aa j I2~XO |1-flf ssm (Rti ga A man with a bad heart-who has learned how to take care of it-frequently outlives men who persistently abuse their hearts. Some of the most efficient and useful people in the world have had heart trouble for years. In sharp contrast to people who have real heart ailments are the many persons who worry about imaginary heart trouble. In digestion, lung trouble or nervousness may cause symptoms near the heart, while the heart itself is entirely sound. If you would keep your heart beating con tentedly, like Grandfather's clock seventy, eighty or perhaps a hundred years -give it attention-at least an annual examination by a competent doctor. He will tell you what to do if it needs help or special care. The Metropolitan will be glad to send you its free booklet, "Give Your Heart a Chance." Address Booklet Department 533-N. SECOND-heart diseases of middle-aged people re sulting from syphilis, toxic poisoning, or focal infec tion in teeth, tonsils, sinuses and elsewhere. THIRD-heart ailments of old people which may resultfrom one of these definite causes or from hard ening of the arteries. Many people whose hearts have been damaged are adding years to their lives by hygienic living, rest and intelligently balanced exercise. INSURANCE COMPANY ONE MADISON AVE., NEW YORK, N. Y. O is33 L.I. CO. "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."