National Geographic : 1945 Aug
The myths are a mile from the truth about HEART DISEASE ANY myths and false beliefs have caused Truth, based on modern medical science, re misunderstanding of the words, "Heart places doubt with facts .. bringing new hope Disease." Doctors say this results in nearly as and comforting reassurance to all who have much trouble as the disease itself, been worried about their hearts. :.i ::,... .. .. ... :. Myth#1 "" I. If you have the symptoms, you must have ,: the disease. That's not true! Such symptoms as pain or a feeling t of oppression in the chest, shortness of breath, rapid or Srirregular heartbeat, may be signs of heart trouble, but frequently come froml other sources. Consult your doctor if these symptoms occur. h is to diagnosis, aided when necessary by the thloroscope Eto and electrocardiograph, may enable him to reassure you that you do not have heart trouble. Myth #2 If you're going to get it... you're going to get it. That's not true! Everyone, particularly those over 40, can do much to forestall heart disease by follow ing these rules: 1. Exercise regularly, but moderately. 2. Keep your weight down. If overweight, bring it down. 3. Get plenty of sleep-8 hours a night for most people. 4. Eat moderately. Be moderate in use of tobacco or stimulants. 5. Have a yearly examination by your doctor. Follow his advice. (A AMyth #3 S.i If you have heart disease you will be a permanent invalid. That's not true! Thousands of people who have heart disease are leading useful and nearly normal lives by following their doctor's advice. There's a lot of truth in the expression, "To live a long life, start taking care of a bad heart early." For helpful information concerning your heart, send for the Metropolitan's free booklet, 85N, "Protecting Your Heart." COPYRIGHT 1945-METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE CO. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (A MUTUAL COMPANY) Fredlerick II. Erker, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Leroy A. Lincoln, PRESIDENT 1 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK 10, N. Y .