National Geographic : 1931 Mar
Get the Facts ___ - Ili iAn- ." "This blood pressure instrument is somewhat like a barometer. To a sea-captain, the reading of the barometer indicates storms or fair weather ahead. To me, a reading of your blood pressure indicates easy or labored heart action." (7 AULTY blood pressure may be caused by focal infections anywhere in the body, by poisoning from left-overs of previous infectious diseases, sometimes by overweight or overwork or continued high nervous tension in either working or living conditions. But it may be caused by something more obscure. Worry, fear, anger, hate are frequently responsible for high blood pressure. Your own blood pressure varies many points during the course of the day. In the normal person these variations are within reasonable limits. Often high blood pressure can be brought back to normal by finding and removing the cause. But sometimes it is not possible or even desirable to reduce it. Then comes a time when a change must be made in diet and physical activities if the overworked heart is to have a fair chance to carry on. There are thousands of men and women today whc -; ... LW il ti1 1s~i 4~g~~~ oare active even though their blood pressure registers many points above normal. They have learned how to regulate their lives. If you haven't had a reading of your blood pressure within a year it is not safe to assume that it is the same as it was last year or two or three years ago. Faulty blood pressure is not like a rash or a cough that immediately makes itself known. Blood pressure can and sometimes does steadily mount, month after month, giv ing no indication by pain or trouble in breathing. But when it is abnormal, doctors of experience regard it as a grave warning calling for prompt action. Send for the Metropolitan's booklet, "Give Your Heart a Chance," which describes high blood pressure. Ask for Booklet 3 3I-N which will be mailed free. METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY FREDERICK H. ECKER, PRESIDENT ^. c, c, ONE MADISON AVE., NEW YORK, N.Y. "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."