Heart Disease

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.

  • Oct 24 2011

    Psoriasis and Your Heart Health: Is There a Link?

    “The heartbreak of psoriasis” was the catchphrase from an old advertising campaign. It may sound overwrought, but psoriasis sufferers know that the skin condition is more than just an aggravation. What many may not know is that psoriasis can in...

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  • Oct 20 2011

    Exercise: A Little is Better than Nothing At All

    To keep your heart healthy and strong, you’ve got to exercise. Whether you are young or old, overweight or slender, able-bodied or dealing with physical challenges, exercise can make an important difference in the quality and length of your lif...

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  • Oct 17 2011

    Home Blood Pressure Monitoring

    When you visit your doctor, it’s nearly a sure bet that you’ll have your blood pressure measured. A high blood pressure reading usually means that you have hypertension, but sometimes the problem is all in your head. The term “white coat hyper...

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  • Oct 13 2011

    Can Diet Soda Make You Fat?

    The average American drinks over 50 gallons of soft drinks each year. At 150 calories per can, that can add up to a whole lot of sugar. Many people choose diet drinks as a substitute for sugar-sweetened soda, expecting to lose weight while stil...

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  • Oct 10 2011

    Predicting Your Cardiovascular Risk

    Cardiovascular disease kills more women and men than all forms of cancer combined. Although it will ultimately take the life of more than one in every three people, not everyone is at the same risk. Wouldn’t it be nice to know where you stand? ...

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  • Oct 06 2011

    Your Dentist and Your Heart Health

    High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects 50 million American adults, but one in three has no idea that their blood pressure is high. Blood pressure is typically checked at the doctor’s office, but over the past 10 years, the American Denta...

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  • Oct 03 2011

    A Dog is Your Heart’s Best Friend

    We are a nation of dog lovers. Over 78 million dogs live, work, and play with American families; sadly, the American Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) estimates that there are nearly as many homeless strays. Well over 2 mi...

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  • Sep 29 2011

    Quitting Tobacco

    Smoking is an enormous public health problem, contributing to nearly half a million deaths each year in this country alone. As many as 50,000 will die from complications of second hand smoke. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)...

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  • Sep 26 2011

    Five Excuses Guaranteed to Drive Your Cardiologist Nuts

    As a cardiologist, I know that as much as 85 percent of the heart disease that I see every day could be prevented if my patients consistently chose a healthy lifestyle and took their medications (when needed) for high blood pressure, high chole...

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  • Sep 22 2011

    Caring for the Caregivers

    In my practice of cardiology, I take care of many elderly men and women. As they age, the spouse often becomes responsible for his or her partner’s day to day well-being. The strain of this unending, often emotionally wrenching, and physically ...

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About the Author


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