National Geographic : 1948 Feb
He has a normal heart SYour heart started beating before you were born, and 2 in a normal day pumps about 11 tons of blood. When you r are relaxed your heart works about one third of the time W. and rests two thirds. When you are active, or if you are overweight, it works harder and rests less. i L That's why it's important for most people in the middle | and later years of life to avoid excessive physical effort and to keep their weight down at least to normal. When ... i you learn to "take it easy" you help your heart. He abused his heart Here was a successful businessman who repeatedly over exerted himself. By age 48 he had high blood pressure, and complained of occasional pains around the heart. His doctor advised him, among other things, to get more rest and to cut down his week-end activities. But he contin ued to overexert himself. At age 52, he suffered a heart attack. The extra strains upon his weakened heart had so damaged it that he became a "cardiaccripple." Hehad nothelpedhisheart. h ep dh ii -. He helped his heart This man, a doctor, had a heart attack at age 55. After recovering he returned to his practice, but cut down his working hours and the number of his patients. He took time for a daily rest. He developed several hobbies which kept him happy and busy in leisure hours Sbut did not put a strain on his heart. At 65 he retired com pletely from his practice. By thus helping his heart-by knowing how to live within its limitations-he was able to enjoy many useful years of life after retirement. Research on diseases of the heart is increasing. To aid in this work, 151 Life Insurance Com panies support the Life Insurance Medical Re search Fund which makes grants for special While there is much less heart trouble in youth search Fund which makes grants for special Studies in heart disease. and early middle age than there used to be, more and more people are now living to reach To learn more about helping your heart, send the later years when there is a higher death rate for Metropolitan's free booklet, 28-N, "Your from heart ailments. Heart." By learning as you grow older to stop before COPYRIGHT948-METROPOLITANLIFEINSURANCECOMPANY you're overtired, by knowing how to relax, by Metropolitan Life having periodic medical examinations, and by following your doctor's advice-you can help In urance Co pany avoid heart trouble, or lessen the effect if it (A MUTUAL COMPANY) should strike. Medical science has developed FrederickII. Ecker, CHAIR AN OF THE BOARD Leroy A. Lincoln, PRESIDENT potent drugs and skilled techniques to help keep 1 MADISON AvE., NEW YORK 10, N.Y . you and your heart healthy. TO VETERANS-IF YOU HAVE NATIONAL SERVICE LIFE INSURANCE-KEEP IT!