Many cardiac symptoms are initiated when the patient has taken a hearty meal, after a tiring or exciting day, after a considerable quantity of alcoholic drink or after severe emotional disturbances. If false trails are to be avoided, and logically effective treatment applied, it must be clearly understood that the states or conditions which immediately preceded the symptoms are not the causes; they are only the final, exciting factors. Pulling a trigger has little consequence unless the gun is loaded.

Perhaps a little less obvious, but just as significant, is that what appear to be exciting causes may in fact be symptoms of the disorder. Anyone who is unusually greedy, tired, excitable, thirsty or argumentative may be so as a result of a developing cardiac distress. We are often assured that the strength went out of a leg as the result of a fall or stumble, whereas the incident blamed for the trouble is almost certainly the first symptom noticed by the patient. It is a human misunderstanding, and not only the patient may be misled. His account of the events may also mislead the physician, and his acceptance still further confirms the patient's impression. The first symptom quite naturally assumes an undue prominence in the minds of both patient and doctor, so producing an effective barrier against a more far-ranging search for the true causes. By ignoring, or giving inadequate attention to, the complete history — the enormous contributory background behind all such complex conditions— reasoning is rendered ineffectual, and truly restorative treatment is unlikely.


Cardio & Blood-Сholesterol


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