National Geographic : 1947 Feb
pendable organ old age Sis a wonderfully de that rarely fails before unless it has been abused, or weakened by disease. The commonest abuses are overweight and excessive exertion. Fear of heart ailments is often groundless, so, if you are worried about your heart-see a doc- Remember, even with a weakened heart you can usually lead aq4e',g 4/ Medical science is on the march against heart disease Heart ailments account for almost one third of all deaths in this country. They are caused chiefly by rheumatic fever, high blood pressure, kidney diseases, syphilis, and hardening of the arteries -especially those supplying the heart itself. Early discovery and prompt treatment of these diseases are most important in reducing the danger of serious heart damage. Medical science is giving increased attention to studies of the heart. Notable advances have already been scored. New drugs and new tech niques are opening up more avenues of investiga tion. Many organizations encourage this great work. For example, the Life Insurance Medical Research Fund, supported by 148 Life Insurance Companies in the U. S. and Canada, makes grants for special studies in heart disease. If you should develop heart disease, follow your physician's advice about proper rest, exercise, and diet, as well as about special drugs and medi cines. To learn more about the heart, and the diseases that affect it, send for Metropolitan's free booklet, 27N, "Your Heart." Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (A MUTUAL COMPANY) Frederick H. Ecker, ' CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Leroy A. Lincoln, PRESIDENT 1 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK 10, N.Y . COPYRIGHT 1947-METROPOLITANIFEINSURANCE COMPANY TO VETERANS-IF YOU HAVE NATIONAL SERVICE LIFE INSURANCE-KEEP ITI tor!