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The subject of fatty heart should be of the greatest importance to examiners for life insurance companies, and one that should be very thoroughly understood by the medical practitioner, for a great deal of misery and unhappiness has been caused by careless or thoughtless medical opinions expressed regarding presumed fatty degeneration of the heart.
I can recall more than one instance of men going about with the greatest caution, firmly impressed with the idea that following the slightest shock of exertion they were to die suddenly. This impression was gained from the ignorance of doctors, and on examination of the heart it would be found in very good condition.
By the name "fatty heart" we mean two quite distinct conditions, one an abnormal deposit of fat in the heart, and the other, a fatty degeneration of the muscular fibers.
The first consists in an increase in the amount of fat
WHALEN CJ. FATTY HEART WITH BRADYCARDIA, WITH A REPORT OF A CASE. JAMA. 1898;XXX(17):976–977. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440690036002l
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