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Are you ready to show your red? 

On the first Friday in February, the nation turns red to raise awareness about heart disease in women.

News Leader 9's Brittany Dionne joins us with tips on how to prevent and detect the silent killer.

Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women. Although it claims the lives of about 600,000 people a year in the United States, it's important to know it's a preventable disease.

In an effort to raise awareness about heart disease-- millions across the country are gearing up to go red.

Columbus State University associate Professor Paula Walker says Heart disease is preventable, and by controlling your blood pressure and cholesterol levels you are lowering your risk.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for people of most ethnicities in the U.S., including African Americans, Hispanics, and whites-- according to the centers for disease control.

So what can you do to lower your risk? 

"Exercise at least thirty minutes a day, at least three days a week," said Walker. "Watch your diet. Cut out cholesterol and saturated fats, manage stress levels, Avoid smoking, and by all means maintain a healthy weight."

The American Heart Association reports national campaign helps save more than 300 lives a day.

The "Go Red For Women" campaign is geared towards educating women about risk, prevention, and the work that's still to be done to eliminate the silent killer.

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