02/26/2014 10:28 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Best Foods To Eat For A Healthy Heart, From Sharon Mulvagh, MD (VIDEO)

Mayo Clinic cardiologist Sharon Mulvagh, MD, had some great tips to share with us about eating a heart-healthy diet.

The first key to a heart-healthy diet is eating very low fat foods that are rich in "good fats," like olive oil. Dr. Mulvagh recommends eating lean sources of protein like chicken and fish, and she encourages us to limit eating red meat to only once a week. Finally, Dr. Mulvagh emphasizes the important of including lots of fresh fruit and veggies in our diet.

When looking at your plate for any given meal, Dr. Mulvagh recommends filling half of it with either fruits or veggies, a quarter of it with whole grain carbs and the remaining quarter with lean sources of protein.

For more tips for a healthy heart, view the slideshow below:

Tips For A Healthy Heart

How healthy is your heart? Find out by taking the Heart Health Quiz here.

For informational purposes only. Please talk to your doctor about your individual situation. If you're having symptoms of a heart attack, call 911.

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