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The Joy Behar Interview (Page 3 of 3)

Gary Barg: Are you hearing stories from women who save their own life through aspirin or are now more aware of their own heart issues?

Eve Behar: Yes.  WomenHeart has a lot of survivors talking about their heart attacks on their Web site.  They also go around the country and talk to women in person.

Joy Behar: The campaign has just started.  We will probably hear from more people.  There were 20,000 survivors in Women’s Heart.  There are a lot of stories going on right there.

Gary Barg: Joy, I would like to say thank you for your children’s book, Sheetzucacapoopoo:  My Kind of Dog.  Now that is another book I have to buy since my tiny two-foot tan tyrant is taking up 90 percent of my chair.  I bring my Brussels Griffon puppy to work every day, so I think the thing that keeps me from having heart attacks is having him around.

Eve Behar: That is true.  We have pets and we love them.  They add a lot of joy and keep your stress level down; they’ve proven that.

Joy Behar: Yes. That is important—laughing and having fun.

Gary Barg: What would be the one most important piece of advice you can offer to a family caregiver?

Joy Behar: Go to your doctor.  Make sure that you know if you are at risk for a heart attack.  It is very, very important.  Take care of yourself, exercise, walk, eat the right things, do not smoke—all the stuff we all know already that people take for granted.  Women think they are already doing everything.  They are not.  Get your cholesterol checked every year.  Get an EKG.  There are so many things you can do. Know your risks; be prepared.  Those are the words.  It is like the Boy Scouts.  Be prepared, but know your risks. 

 

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