Woman's Weekly Living Series

12 Ways TO HELP your heart

1 Understand cholesterol

Too much of this fatty substance in your blood raises your risk of heart disease, stroke and vascular dementia. There are two main types – the ‘good’ HDL cholesterol fights the ‘bad’ non-HDL cholesterol,which sticks to blood vessel walls, clogging them and leading to heart attacks. Lower cholesterol by exercising, not smoking and reducing the saturated fat you eat. Steam or grill food instead of frying. Your GP may suggest medication. If you’re worried, talk to your doctor or call

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