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...read more
Matters of the Heart
Reclaiming Intimacy After a Heart Attack
By Mary Damiano
One of the biggest issues
caregivers face when their loved one is recovering
from a heart attack is resuming intimacy. One reason
for this is the myth that sexual activity can bring
on another attack.
While there are cases—the most
famous perhaps, is ex-Vice President Nelson
Rockefeller having a heart attack and dying while in
the act with his mistress—cardiologists agree that
sexual activity for people who have had heart
attacks is no more strenuous than climbing two
flights of stairs...read more
My Mother Doesn’t Listen To Me!
The New Role Of Eldercare Mediation
By Doris Haas, RN, CCM, CMC
As a geriatric care manager, I
am considered an expert in issues relating to the
elderly. However, where my mother is concerned, I
am just a daughter who cares. She often takes the
advice of friends and even strangers over mine...read more
Tips for Organizing a Medical History
By Kathy Porter
A trip to the emergency room made me realize why caregivers are advised to organize heath information. Like many caregivers, I share the task of going with my loved one to appointments. My sister usually takes our mom to the dentist, audiologist and optometrist...read
My 91-year-old mom has dementia and is
getting harder to feed. She tries to outsmart feeders with
her closed mouth. She's still very smart and seems to resent
any invasions including appetite stimulants. The one I
tried helped, but it gives her diarrhea and insomnia. I'd
like to try something herbal. Anyone had experience? Thanks.
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