What No One Tells Black Women About Heart Disease

The signs and symptoms show up differently in our bodies

Evette Dionne
ZORA
Published in
7 min readMay 19, 2020

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Illustration: Chelsea Charles

I thought I was having an asthma attack when I visited my primary care physician in May 2019. By the time I left that appointment, I’d been referred to a cardiologist to have an echocardiogram (or heart ultrasound) to figure out exactly what was happening. Within two weeks, I’d been…

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Evette Dionne
ZORA
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Journalist. Critic. Editor-in-chief of Bitch Media. National Book Award-nominated author. Always reading and learning.