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Breaking down what’s best: Food for your heart health

Heart diseases such as strokes, heart attacks and angina are the biggest cause of death for both men and women in Ireland. Watching our levels of cholesterol is the key to keeping our hearts healthier.

Not sure what cholesterol is? Here’s the lowdown.

Cholesterol is a type of fat found in your blood. You need a certain amount to produce hormones, but too much cholesterol sticks to your artery walls to form plaque, which may block or narrow the artery, which can cause damage to the heart. The level of cholesterol in your blood is affected by the amount of saturated fats you eat every day.

To help make it easier to choose healthier foods, here’s a simple guide to better eating:

 

Eating a more balanced diet is essential to good heart health. It’s always good to know your cholesterol level, as it can fluctuate over time, so it makes sense to get it checked once a year by your doctor. Just ask on your next visit.