COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - News anchors across the country are wearing red today in honor of the life of a veteran Atlanta broadcast journalist, and to also promote stroke awareness.
Amanda Davis worked more than 25 years at Fox 5 Atlanta, and most recently at CBS46 also in Atlanta. She died of a stroke last week at age 62.
Several social media posts in honor of Davis are captioned with hashtag #RedforAmanda.
She was laid to rest Wednesday surrounded by family, friends, and members of the community.
African American women are more likely to have a stroke than any other racial group of women, and twice as likely as white women, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Local health officials say high blood pressure is the leading cause of stroke, but understanding the risk factors and prevention is key.
"It's about knowing the risk factors and understanding that high blood pressure is the number one cause of stroke in both male and female. Understand both types of strokes, a bleeding stroke or a stroke caused by a blood clot," said Kelli Brennan, director of the stroke program and Midtown Medical Center.
Midtown Medical treats about 400 to 500 patients annually. High blood pressure is the number cause of strokes. It could happen at any time. If you feel any symptoms you should call 911.