The link between
high cholesterol and the complications of
atherosclerosis is similar to the link between smoking
and lung cancer. Although smoking does not guarantee that you will develop lungcancer, it dramatically increases your chances. The same is true of high
cholesterol and atherosclerosis.
Atherosclerosis can develop in any of your arteries, including those
that supply blood to your heart muscle, your brain, and your arms and legs.
Each of the potential complications of atherosclerosis is associated with
arteries in a different part of your body. The following table summarizes the
effects that three important complications of atherosclerosis can have on your