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The Joy Behar Interview (Page 2 of 3)

Eve Behar: If you go to the Web site, iamproheart.com, you will see a pill tote available for $5, which all goes to WomenHeart:  the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease.  This wonderful organization is made up of survivors of heart disease and heart attacks. You put your aspirin in the pill tote and hook your pill tote to your keys or your bag or whatever. You always have it with you. If you think you are having a heart attack, call 911 and pop the aspirin. That will prevent, hopefully, further damage to your heart.

Gary Barg: I am really happy, Joy and Eve, that you are doing this.  My grandmother also passed without warning from a heart attack at the age of 65. My mom has long been aware of her own possible heart issues, but I was wondering what I should tell my nieces, who are both in their 20s, about what their possible risks are and what they might need to do to pay attention to their own heart health.

Joy Behar: At that age, prevention is really where it’s at; so exercise and eat well.

Eve Behar:  Keep the weight down and tell them not to smoke.  That is elementary to say—you do not smoke at that age.  A lot of girls in that age bracket want to stay skinny and they think by smoking they will not get fat; but they could also kill themselves.

 Joy Behar: That is a good point for these young girls.

Eve Behar: And also women, as they age, get busier and busier. They start taking care of other people more than themselves.  So something you could say to them is that you really need to take care of yourself first, and then you will be able to take care of everybody else.  I am pregnant now and am going to be a new mom, so I know I have to take care of myself so I can take care of my baby.

Joy Behar: Right, exactly; and young women, like your nieces, can also talk to their moms about taking their heart health seriously.  Maybe they are just in their 20s, so they do not have kids yet, necessarily.  They are just working on their own careers.  But their moms are right at the age where they could suffer a heart attack.  So, young women should be talking to their mothers.  The pill tote is a great way of opening that conversation.  You hand over the pill tote and say, “Look, here is the pill tote.  Put an aspirin in it.  Talk to your doctor.  And in case you have a heart attack or you think you are having a heart attack, call 911 and pop this aspirin.”

 

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