Scottsdale, Arizona - While research shows consuming food high in sugar, salt and saturated fat can increase the risk for heart disease, it’s often difficult to change your eating habits. Dr. Amy Pollak, a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus, encourages embracing a Mediterranean diet, which offers many heart-healthy benefits.

Dr. Amy Pollak's

Dr. Pollak's top three heart-healthy tips are as follows:

  • Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables. Besides being low in calories and rich in dietary fiber, fruits and vegetables are full of important vitamins and minerals.
  • Use olive oil in cooking or salads instead of mayonnaise or other rich condiments.
  • Eat at least one serving of fish per week. There are many recipes on Mayo Clinic’s website and the American Heart Association's website.

Dr. Pollak also recommends reducing sodium intake, which can be a leading cause in high blood pressure, which can significantly impact risk for a heart attack or stroke.