Heart and Blood Vessels
What do my heart and blood vessels do?
Your heart and blood vessels make up your circulatory system. Your heart is a muscle that pumps blood through your body. Your heart pumps blood carrying oxygen to large blood vessels, called arteries, and small blood vessels, called capillaries. Other blood vessels, called veins, carry blood back to the heart. Several things, including having diabetes, can make your blood cholesterol level too high.
How do my blood vessels get clogged?
Several things, including having diabetes, can make your blood cholesterol level too high. Cholesterol is a substance that is made by the body and used for many important functions. Cholesterol is also found in some food derived from animals. When cholesterol is too high, the insides of large blood vessels become narrowed or clogged. This problem is called atherosclerosis. Narrowed and clogged blood vessels make it harder for enough blood to get to all parts of your body. This condition can cause problems.