Experiencing a stroke or a heart attack can be life-threatening. These are two of the leading causes of deaths worldwide. While a stroke is characterised by arm weakness, drooping face and speech difficulty, a heart attack can cause chest discomfort, pain in other areas of the upper body, shortness of breath and other signs including cold sweat, nausea and dizziness.
In order to prevent these two silent killer diseases, one must be aware of all the risk factors associated with the ailment.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the leading risk factors for heart disease and stroke are high blood pressure, high low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, diabetes, smoking and secondhand smoke exposure, obesity, unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity.
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