African American women at a higher risk for heart disease


African American women are at a higher risk for heart disease. ABC 7 Amarillo’s Darra Cunningham finds out why this is a recurring issue. (ABC 7 Amarillo-Darra Cunningham)

February is the month we celebrate black history but it is also Heart Health Month, which is dedicated to bringing awareness to heart disease. Heart disease and stroke is the number one killer of women, especially in African Americans.

Johnnie Savage has struggled with heart disease for more than 30 years. Savage recalls the first time her doctor diagnosed her with the disease.

“He tested it and said you’re young but you still have a heart problem,” said Savage.

Savage was in her thirties at the time. She suffered with a rapid heart beat.

“He said you know you have the kind that can trigger off and…

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