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The Joy Behar Interview (Page 2 of 3)
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.
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.
At that age, prevention is really where
it’s at; so exercise and eat well.
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.
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.
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