Cardiologist, author, and heart health expert Dr. Sarah Samaan offers advice on how to live a heart smart life.
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...
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...
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...
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? ...
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...
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...
Sep 29 2011
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)...
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...
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 ...
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...