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Cholesterol and Artery Plaque Buildup

Too much LDL in the blood can cause cholesterol to lodge in the artery walls and form plaques. The plaque (fatty deposits) that build up in your arteries is called atherosclerosis. The plaque can restrict the flow of blood, which means parts of the body don’t get the oxygen they need.

When it comes to cholesterol, remember: check, change and control.

Check your cholesterol levels. It’s key to know your numbers and assess your risk. Change your diet and lifestyle to help improve your levels. Control your cholesterol, with help from your doctor if needed

You can lower your cholesterol through heart-healthy lifestyle changes:

Eat a heart-healthy diet. A heart-healthy diet emphasizes fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, whole grains, lean vegetable or animal proteins and fish while limiting things like trans fats, sodium, processed meats, refined carbohydrates and sugary foods and beverages.

Be physically active

Quit smoking

Lose weight

Limit alcohol

If you’re concerned about your cholesterol levels, have them checked by your doctor.

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