Heart Smart Living
Heart Smart Living

Cardiologist, author, and heart health expert Dr. Sarah Samaan offers advice on how to live a heart smart life.

  • Nov 13 2012

    Shrimp, Cholesterol, and Heart Health

    Years ago, shrimp was considered to be taboo for heart patients or for people watching their cholesterol numbers. That’s because a small serving of 3.5 ounces supplies about 200 mg of cholesterol. For people at high risk for heart disease, that...

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  • Nov 05 2012

    Should You Eat Organic?

    Only a few decades ago, organic farming was associated with the hippie movement and often dismissed as countercultural and radical. In fact, the phrase “organic farming” was coined in the 1930s, when the concept of farming without chemical fert...

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  • Sep 20 2012

    Just Say "No Bueno" to Taco Bell's New Breakfast

    Without a doubt, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. People who eat breakfast tend to have a more optimistic outlook, and they consistently score higher on tests of memory, attention span, and physical endurance. In general, breakf...

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  • Sep 14 2012

    Confused About Eggs and Heart Health? It's a Mixed Basket

    It was a lovely late Sunday morning. Music was drifting across the backyard, the air was full of laughter and snatches of cheery conversations, our host was making the rounds with a tray of champagne mimosas, and plates were piled high with scr...

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  • Sep 07 2012

    The Perils of a Low Carb Diet

    Low carbohydrate, high protein, high fat diets have been around since William Banting started the fad in the 1860’s. Modern versions include the Atkins Diet, the Zone Diet, and the South Beach Diet. Without a doubt, our typical Western diet, bl...

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  • Aug 31 2012

    The Mediterranean Diet: Never Too Soon to Start

    Many people live their lives under the impression that they can start worrying about their health later, when the kids are grown, when they have more time, when work isn’t quite so stressful, when (you fill in the blank). But the truth is that ...

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  • Aug 14 2012

    A Tale of Two Salad Dressings

    I’ll admit that I am not a very methodical shopper. Simply entering a grocery store seems to wipe out my memory bank. Unless I have a list at hand, I usually leave with more than what I came for, yet still missing some crucial ingredient. The u...

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  • Aug 10 2012

    Chia Seeds: New Uses for an Ancient Wonder Food

    Seemingly out of nowhere, chia seeds have emerged as a hot new super food, appearing in such diverse products as crackers, granola, juice drinks, and even puddings. The seeds are packed with healthy omega-3 fats and are high in protein and fi...

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  • Jul 31 2012

    Fast Food Erases the Benefits of a Traditional Asian Diet

    Singapore is a remarkably multiethnic society, combining elements of Chinese, British, Indian, and Indonesian cultures. While the cuisine is diverse and not always heart healthy, it has traditionally included plenty of seafood, fruits, and vege...

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  • Jul 23 2012

    Watermelon: Summer's Super Fruit

    “The watermelon,” declared Mark Twain, “is chief of this world’s luxuries… When one has tasted it, he knows what angels eat.” Legendary 95-year-old postal worker Chester Reed attributed his longevity to watermelons (along with alkaline water an...

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About the Author


MD, FACC

Dr. Samaan is an acclaimed cardiologist, writer, and heart health educator.

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