Cardiologist, author, and heart health expert Dr. Sarah Samaan offers advice on how to live a heart smart life.
Oct 31 2012
Hormone Replacement at Menopause Onset: Could it Protect the Heart?
If you’re a woman and are concerned about your heart health, you’re probably well aware that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for menopause is a complicated and controversial topic. Although the “change of life” has been a part of life since A...
Aug 17 2012
Women, Stress, and the Workplace: Job Strain Linked to Heart Risk
Stress is a part of life for most of us. While we can’t usually eliminate it, we can find healthy ways to cope with stress that will make its effects less toxic. Recently I have noticed a growing sense of stress and anxiety in many of my workin...
Jul 05 2012
Soft Drinks and Hypertension: Artificial Sweeteners and Fructose May Have the Same Effect
High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) gets a bad rap, and rightly so. It’s used to sweeten most carbonated sodas, fruit drinks, cookies, even bread and other baked goods. Because these foods are so plentiful, relatively inexpensive, and have such lo...
Jun 27 2012
Best Practices for a Healthy Heart Step 7: Hormones and Women
My book, Best Practices for a Healthy Heart: How to Stop Heart Disease Before or After it Starts, was published this month by The Experiment publishing house, and is distributed by Workman. In the book, I outline seven important steps that will...
Jun 01 2012
Your Pregnancy Can Predict Your Future Heart Health
Pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH) affects more than one in 12 pregnant women, and new statistics suggests that as many as one in seven may develop gestational diabetes. While these problems arise during pregnancy and generally resolve after ...
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 21 2012
Sleep Apnea Linked to Dementia in Older Women
Sleep-disordered breathing, a spectrum of problems that includes sleep apnea, affects 12 million or more Americans, causing fragmented sleep and excessive daytime fatigue. When someone suffers from sleep apnea, they typically snore very loudly...
Dec 29 2011
Thinking About Hormone Replacement? Ask Your Doctor About the Patch
The history of estrogen and progesterone hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for menopausal woman is long and very complicated. Indeed, there is still considerable uncertainty when it comes to who should get therapy, how long a woman should take ...
Nov 17 2011
Menopause, Hormone Replacement, and Heart Health: Timing is Key
For years, the use of hormone replacement therapy for menopause has been a topic of great controversy. At the time of menopause, women’s estrogen levels naturally decline, triggering a host of unhappy symptoms, including hot flashes, insomnia, ...