Cardiologist, author, and heart health expert Dr. Sarah Samaan offers advice on how to live a heart smart life.
Oct 22 2012
Parents' Divorce May Triple Son's Risk for Stroke
In a recent post, I told you about an important study that found a link between emotional neglect in childhood and the risk for stroke later in life. Now a new study from the University of Toronto finds more compelling evidence that stress dur...
Oct 08 2012
Chocolate and Heart Health: It's Not Just for Women!
For many women, chocolate is the ultimate comfort food. In fact, in a study published in the scientific journal Appetite in 1999, Dr. Deborah Zellner and colleagues found that about 45 percent of American women and 17 percent of American men adm...
Jul 11 2012
Best Practices for a Healthy Heart Step 7: Hormones and Men
My book, Best Practices for a Healthy Heart: How to Stop Heart Disease Before or After it Starts, was published in June by The Experiment publishing house, and is distributed by Workman. In the book, I outline seven important steps that will he...
Apr 26 2012
Three Tips for a Long Life
Fred (not his real name) is a bright, energetic, and optimistic 85 year old gentleman who lives every day to its fullest. Fifteen years ago he had heart bypass surgery. The surgery was successful, and he recovered quickly. Sadly, he spent the n...
Apr 10 2012
What You Need to Know about Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Jeff (not his real name) was an outwardly healthy and fit 35 year old who often enjoyed a quick pickup game of basketball after a hard day at the office. One recent evening at his local gym, Jeff’s teammates were stunned to see him collapse to ...
Feb 27 2012
Protect Your Heart, Protect Your Prostate?
Duke researchers discover a connection between heart health and prostate health Heart disease kills ten times as many men as prostate cancer, yet polls consistently show that it is cancer that men fear the most. New research from Duke Univers...
Sep 19 2011
Consulting with a Cardiologist
As a cardiologist, I see patients in the office most days of the week. I find this part of my practice both challenging and rewarding. If you are seeing me or another cardiologist for the first time, it helps to know what to expect, and what is...
Sep 12 2011
Marriage Does a Man’s Heart Good
Can marriage save a man’s life? According to a recent Canadian study, it most certainly may. Dr. Clare Atzema and colleagues were interested in finding out whether married people were more likely than their single counterparts to get to the em...
Sep 01 2011
You are Your Father’s Son
Although we would like to blame all our woes—healthwise and otherwise—on our parents, in reality, only 15 percent of coronary artery disease can be directly attributable to our genetics. Before we let our ancestors completely off the hook, it’s...
Aug 11 2011
Stop and Think before You Stop Your Aspirin
Aspirin is the Rodney Dangerfield of pharmaceuticals. As the iconic comic would say, it can’t "get no respect.” Although many of us think of aspirin as a cheap and effective painkiller, it is also a lifesaving drug for people with heart disease...