The key I found for cholesterol (and no, it doesn't run in my family) to control it is a diet high in omega 3's (I eat plant source as fish can be sketchy for women in child bearing years, I am pregnant currently and avoiding heavy metals). So I consume a diet rich in flax seeds, chia seeds, hulled hemp seeds, raw nuts and healthy oils. We eat a lot of legumes as well.
Don't get me wrong - I do like meat, bacon and cheese. But.....it isn't worth it anymore to me. On the rare occasion I do eat red meat.
The nice thing is I can buy pricey fun ingredients and not feels guilty - since cutting out meat saves a lot of $$.
As for determining artery health....I say: go visit one's doctor. Have bloodwork done. One never knows.
OTOH, I make some excellent veggie burgers as well :-) Yum! My goal in cooking has been to replicate food I enjoy minus all animal products and have it taste as good or better. My real love is vegan baking! That has been amazing :-) I bake better minus eggs than I ever did before!
Although I will admit anchovies are actually pretty healthy as a condiment - if ya like thems. They are full of omega-3's. And is it Lighthouse brand, but they made an amazing low cal/fat wild blueberry dressing....wow. Stuff was so good, even on steamed veggies!