High cholesterol risks include:
When too much cholesterol builds up in the wall of your arteries, thick deposits called plaque, form. This buildup of plaque narrows the artery and limits or even blocks the blood flow making it harder for your heart to force blood through.
When major artery supplying the heart or brain is narrowed, it can also rupture and even form blood clots. The result can be a
heart attack or
When the arteries that carry blood to your extremities become narrow or clogged,
peripheral vascular disease may develop.
To find out more about high cholesterol risks and related topics,
check out FAQ on Cholesterol.
This page was last updated on 12/26/05.