Atlanta anchor's death sparks more stroke awareness in SWGA

Atlanta anchor's death sparks more stroke awareness in SWGA./ Photo: Alexandria Ikomoni

The legendary Atlanta anchor Amanda Davis passed away from a stroke at the airport last week, and the public viewing of her body was held on Tuesday.

More than 800,000 people have a stroke every year in the United States, and 130,000 people die from it.

Strokes are more common in women and African Americans.

Some of the noticeable signs before having a stroke include weakness, slurred speech, falling, blurry vision, and a migraine. If you experience these symptoms, call 911, or go to the emergency room immediately.

The Department of Public Health said there are ways to try and prevent it from happening.

"You can avoid using tobacco, recreational drugs, cocaine for instance can cause a change in arteries that can lead to a stroke, regular exercise, and weight control,” Dr. Charles Ruis said,

If you see that someone is having a stroke, get them out of danger's way and call 911.

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