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Wear red on Friday for heart disease awareness

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Are you ready to show yourred? 

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

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

Heart disease is thenumber one killer of both men and women. Although it claims the lives of about600,000 people a year in the United States, it's important to know it's apreventable disease.

In an effort to raiseawareness about heart disease-- millions across the country are gearing up togo red.

Columbus State Universityassociate Professor Paula Walker says Heart disease is preventable, and bycontrolling your blood pressure and cholesterol levels you are lowering yourrisk.

Heart disease is theleading cause of death for people of most ethnicities in the U.S., includingAfrican Americans, Hispanics, and whites-- according to the centers for diseasecontrol.

So what can you do tolower your risk? 

"Exercise at leastthirty minutes a day, at least three days a week," said Walker. "Watch yourdiet. Cut out cholesterol and saturated fats, manage stress levels, Avoidsmoking, and by all means maintain a healthy weight."

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

The "Go Red ForWomen" 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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