What Can I Do To Prevent A Heart Attack - Heart Health and Aging


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Dec 20, 2022


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The heart is an incredible organ. From the time you’re born to the time you die, it never stops working, not even when you’re asleep. Once it starts beating it won’t stop until its work is done. The heart works by pumping blood throughout your entire body. Every hour it will transport around 260 liters of blood, about 6240 liters per day. Not only must your heart pump oxygenated blood away from itself, but it has to bring deoxygenated blood back again. This is an intense amount of work for something only roughly the size of your clenched fist, and so it makes sense that something working this hard will start to wear out as we get older.

How the Heart Ages

As you get older the chances of you developing heart disease increase. After the age of 65 the chances of having a stroke or heart attack are significantly higher. Because of this, it makes sense to take preventative measures well ahead of time and ensure that your heart remains healthy for as long as possible.

As you age, the cells and muscles within your heart begin to weaken. While this doesn’t alter the number of times your heart beats, the strength with which your heart pumps does begin to weaken. This, in conjunction with genetic factors and or poor lifestyle choices, can lead to a number of different complications.

Signs of Heart Disease

Early signs of heart disease may be difficult to determine and may be ignored altogether. It’s for that reason that you should visit your doctor for regular checkups. That being said any pain or tightness in your chest should warrant a visit or call to your doctor straight away. Other signs of the onset of heart disease include:


Chest pain during physical activity



Shortness of breath


Cold sweats



Numbness or tingling in the shoulders, arms, or neck

Tiredness or fatigue

Swelling of the ankles, feet, legs, stomach, or neck

Reduced ability to exercise or be physically active

How to Prevent Heart Disease as you age

While the risk of contracting heart disease is dependent on genetics to a certain extent, it’s also largely related to lifestyle. With this in mind, there are a number of different steps you can take to minimize the risk of developing heart disease.  

Quit smoking

If you’re a smoker then it’s heavily advised to quit as soon as possible. Smoking is one of the leading causes of various cancers and heart diseases and is associated with higher mortality rates. With regards to the heart, smoking damages artery walls as well as red blood cells, and can lead to arteriosclerosis, a condition in which plaque hardens in your arteries. Quitting smoking reduces the risk of arteriosclerosis, as well as strokes, cardiac arrest and heart attacks.

Cut down on alcohol

It’s no secret that heavy drinking can lead to any number of debilitating diseases including diabetes, liver disease and certain types of cancer. It can also lead to heart failure. To reduce the risk of heart disease caused by excessive drinking, it’s advisable to cut down when possible. Men should consume no more than two drinks a day and one drink for women.

Follow a healthy diet

Diet plays a huge role in regulating both heart health and overall well-being. The food you eat directly affects both how you feel and how your body functions. To lower the risk of heart disease and other diet-related related maladies such as type-two diabetes, stay away from overly processed foods, and foods high in sugar, additives and trans-fats. Instead, make sure that your diet consists of healthy foods such as whole fruits, vegetables, eggs and foods high in fiber.

Maintain a healthy weight

This goes hand in hand with following a healthy diet, but maintaining a healthy weight is one of the surest ways to minimize the risk of heart disease. Staying physically active while balancing the calories you consume with the calories you burn is important not just for heart health but overall wellbeing.

To maintain a healthy weight, it's advised that you limit your portion sizes, eat only healthy, nutrient-dense foods, and do moderate to vigorous exercise for at least 150 minutes per week. This doesn’t mean you have to do all of the exercise at the same time; try and break it up over the course of a few days. If you’re unable to do that amount, then do as much as you can. The most important thing is that you stay active to the extent to which you’re able.

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Time for tax-loss harvesting?

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As you go through life, youll have various financial goals and to achieve them, youll need to invest. But just recognizing the need to invest is not as useful as matching specific types of accounts or investments with specific goals. How can you make these connections?Lets look at some common goals and how they could possibly be met with appropriate accounts and investments: Saving for a down payment on a house  When youre saving for a down payment, you want a certain amount of money available at a certain time so, for this goal, you wont want to take too much risk. Consequently, you might consider investing in certificates of deposit (CDs), which will pay you regular interest payments and return your principal when the CDs mature. CDs are issued in a range of maturities, from one month to 10 years. Other vehicles you might consider are money market accounts or other cash equivalents.   Saving for a childs education  If you have children, and youd like to help them pay for some form of higher education, you may want to consider a 529 education savings plan. Any earnings growth in a 529 plan is federally tax free, provided the withdrawals are used for qualified education expenses, and you may also receive state tax benefits. A 529 plan can be used for college, approved trade school programs, student loan repayments and some K-12 costs. And if the child youve named as a beneficiary chooses not to continue their education, and doesnt need the money in a 529 plan, you can generally switch beneficiaries to another immediate family member.  Saving for retirement  This is the one goal that will remain consistent throughout your working years  after all, you could spend two or even three decades in retirement, so youll need to accumulate as many financial resources as you can to pay for those years. Fortunately, you likely have access to several good retirement-savings vehicles. If you work for a business, you might have a 401(k) plan, which offers you the chance to put away money on a tax-deferred basis. (If you have a Roth option in your 401(k), your withdrawals can be tax free, although, unlike a traditional 401(k), your contributions wont lower your taxable income.) If you work for a public school or a nonprofit organization, you may be able to participate in a 403(b) plan, which is quite similar to a 401(k), and the same is true if you work for a state or local government, where you might have a 457(b) plan. And even if you invest in any of these plans, you can probably also contribute to an IRA, which gives you another chance to invest on a tax-deferred basis (or tax-free basis, if youre eligible for a Roth IRA). Try to take full advantage of whatever retirement plans are available to you.Here's one final point to keep in mind: While some investments and accounts are appropriate for certain goals, they may not necessarily be suitable for your individual situation  so keep all your options in mind and take the steps that are right for you.  Chad Choate III, AAMS828 3rd Avenue WestBradenton, FL  34205941-462-2445chad.chaote@edwardjones.com This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Edward Jones, Member SIPC 

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