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The Joy Behar Interview

joy beharAn Interview with Joy Behar

Gary Barg:  Joy, it's a real pleasure to talk with you again and I loved reading Straight Talk, A Woman's Guide to Heart Health.  It's filled with great information from you, Eve, and a slew of medical professionals. I was really taken with videotaped interviews with survivors.  What do you think women can learn from these incredible survivor stories?

Joy Behar:  Whenever somebody survives a horrible incident like a heart attack or cancer or a tragedy, I was thinking, how do you get through something like that?  What you learn is the old adage, “If it doesn't kill you, it makes you stronger.” So you learn that you have to deal with your illness.  You can't ignore it.  You have to be somebody who is proactive about what’s going to happen to you. I come from a family with heart disease on my mother's side of the family and I'm very proactive; I learned that from my mother. She was on Coumadin for many years and if she were alive today, I think that she would have better care.  She died in 1991, and a lot of things have happened since then to make it easier.

Gary Barg:  That’s right around the time my grandmother died of a heart attack, and it happened in the middle of the night and there were no signs or clues that we knew of.

Joy Behar:  One of my uncles was driving his car home and he just dropped dead behind the wheel.  He was 58 and he was on his way to get a stress test, but they had no clue before this that he had a malfunctioning organ —it’s ironic.  So I think that when we say go to ProHeart's Facebook page to download Straight Talk, A Woman's Guide to Heart Health, as you just mentioned, it’s very important.  You can enter for a chance to win a trip to New York and meet me and have a heart-to-heart talk.  The rules and how to enter are available on the Facebook page.

Gary Barg:  I made sure to enter.

Joy Behar:  Maybe you’ll win.  We want to put out the word that if you have already had a heart attack, you should speak to your doctor about an aspirin regime; maybe it will reduce  the chances of having a second heart attack.  You can reduce the risk. 

Gary Barg:  Aspirin is so important.

Joy Behar:  Those are the messages we’re trying to get across.

Gary Barg:  What would be the most important piece of advice about heart health for women who are family caregivers when they do what all caregivers do; they take themselves out of the circle of care.

Joy Behar:  You see, that’s the thing; it's like the mother taking care of the child.  The mother has to be healthy.  She has to eat right, also.  It's the same thing for caregivers.  They need to be in good condition so that they can be a good caregiver.  That would be the primary thing I would say to caregivers; make sure you take care of yourself. 

Gary Barg:  And that's advice for family or professional caregivers.

Joy Behar:  Absolutely.  My son-in-law is a caregiver.  He is a physician’s assistant and he tries to watch everything he eats. He's careful about his exercise, et cetera, because he knows that when those patients start coming in, he's got to be on his toes.  He has to know what he's doing.  He has to be clear thinking.  People's lives are in his hands.