Cardiologist, author, and heart health expert Dr. Sarah Samaan offers advice on how to live a heart smart life.
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 15 2011
Why I Love Avocados
Pity the poor avocado. For all its lushly green goodness, it packs a powerful caloric punch, to the tune of about 250 calories per plump little fruit. With about 23 grams of fat, a single avocado can amount to about one third of our daily fat a...
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 08 2011
Is Golf Really Exercise?
For many people, the idea of exercise sounds like a chore that they’d rather put off for another day. That’s why I encourage many of my patients to forget about the gym, with its repetitive machines, loud music, and sometimes confusing etiquet...
Sep 05 2011
Why I Love Pilates
As a young man in the early part of the 20th century, Joseph Pilates was a true visionary. His discipline, now known the world over as Pilates, but originally termed Contrology, is an amalgam of yoga, gymnastics, and kinesiology designed to coo...
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 29 2011
Diverticular Disease and Diet
There is no doubt that a high fiber diet helps to keep our hearts healthy and our cholesterol levels down. Soluble fiber, which comes from apples, oat bran, prunes, and legumes (among others) is especially good for lowering cholesterol. A high ...
Aug 25 2011
Trans Fats: What You Need to Know
Trans fats have been a hot topic for several years, but most people still don’t know exactly what they are or how to spot them. A trans fat usually starts out innocently enough as soybean oil. It is put through a chemical process that fundamen...
Aug 22 2011
Congestive Heart Failure and Fish Oil
Congestive heart failure (CHF) affects millions of Americans, killing 300,000 of us each year. Nearly half a million new cases are diagnosed annually. This condition, in which the heart is unable to adequately pump blood through the arteries, c...
Aug 18 2011
Jitter Bugged? Caffeine Turns Up in the Weirdest Places
Coffee and tea were once considered no-no’s for people with high blood pressure and heart conditions. We now know that these caffeinated brews serve up some powerful antioxidants that can actually benefit our heart health. But that doesn’t let ...