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It's Heart Health Month, and Friday, February 3, is National Wear Red Day-- a movement by the American Heart Association to promote awareness for women's heart health.

Heart disease kills one woman every 80 seconds. But 80 percent of cardiac attacks can be prevented with education and a healthy lifestyle.

According to a new survey of a thousand adults from the Cleveland Clinic, 38 percent know their blood pressure numbers, 18 percent are aware of their body mass index and only 12 percent know their "bad" cholesterol levels.

Doctors said these are all numbers you should know. If you can keep all of them in a normal range, then your chances of getting heart disease are pretty low. For most adults, a normal blood pressure range is less than 120/80 mm Hg.

Some of the other ways you can help prevent heart disease is by exercising every day, managing your stress levels, eating the right foods-- like fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, fish, nuts and avocados-- and quitting smoking.

As part of National Wear Red Day, the Chapel Hill's Mall, Macy's and the American Heart Association is holding a fashion show featuring women who have been affected by heart disease and stroke. The Drop Red Gorgeous Fashion Event starts at 5:30 p.m. 

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