Cardiologist, author, and heart health expert Dr. Sarah Samaan offers advice on how to live a heart smart life.
Nov 28 2011
Should You Take a Multivitamin?
Surprising new research suggests possible harm from this common supplement Many of us, myself included, have considered our multivitamin as an integral part of starting the day as washing our face and brushing our teeth. In fact, as many as ...
Nov 24 2011
How Many Calories Do I Really Need?
Now that holiday season is upon us, it’s time to pull out those party clothes and get ready to face down the buffet lines. If you’ve gained a little weight since the weather cooled off, this is a good time to get back on track. Or maybe you’re ...
Nov 21 2011
Vitamin E: A Supplement Whose Time has Passed
Vitamin E is one of our most important anti-oxidant vitamins. It fights against free radicals, helping to protect our arteries from cholesterol buildup and our cells from cancer. Vitamin E also keeps our blood cells flexible and healthy, and pl...
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, ...
Nov 14 2011
Pregnancy and Diet
The key elements of a Mediterranean diet are simple: fishgreenslegumesolive oilfresh spiceswhole grainsBy choosing to eat this way, you can eat well, lose weight, and reduce your risk for heart attack, stroke, and cancer. Now, new research from...
Nov 10 2011
Why I Love Kale
Kale is a beauty queen of the vegetable world, but so often passed over in favor of its plainer and simpler siblings. Nutritional PropertiesAn exuberantly leafy, deep green member of the cabbage family, kale is rich in heart-healthy nutrients i...
Nov 07 2011
It’s Time to Shake the Salt Habit
It is well-established that sodium, in the forms of salt and MSG, can contribute to high blood pressure, yet Americans are eating more salt than ever. Our culture of fast food and processed food is a major factor, since over 75 percent of the s...
Nov 03 2011
Omega 3, 6, and 9: What’s the difference and why does it matter?
For years, we cardiologists have badgered our patients to eat a low-fat diet without understanding that our well-intentioned advice may not be very well informed. The fact is, the body craves fat for good reasons. Fat is important in satiety, a...
Oct 31 2011
High-Potassium Foods may Protect Your Brain
Our bodies are virtual chemistry labs, performing all sorts of complicated chemical reactions every second of every day simply to keep us alive. When you stop to think about it, it’s truly mind boggling that we humans manage to survive, conside...
Oct 27 2011
The Mediterranean Diet
If you’ve been reading my blog, you know I’m a huge fan of the Mediterranean diet. The traditional diet of the beautiful Greek island of Crete, it’s one of the best ways to reduce your risk for heart disease, stroke, dementia, and many forms of...