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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.

  • Aug 15 2011

    Obesity: a Threat to Our National Security?

    Linking obesity to our national security may seem like a stretch, but the latest report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation makes it clear that the problem is as serious as a heart attack. The124-page ...

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  • Aug 11 2011

    Stop and Think before You Stop Your Aspirin

    Aspirin is the Rodney Dangerfield of pharmaceuticals. As the iconic comic would say, it can’t "get no respect.” Although many of us think of aspirin as a cheap and effective painkiller, it is also a lifesaving drug for people with heart disease...

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  • Aug 08 2011

    Six Steps to Curb the Obesity Epidemic

    The Trust for America’s Health, in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, recently released a chilling report on obesity in America. Aptly titled "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future," the 124 page document details...

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  • Aug 04 2011

    Breast Cancer and Your Heart

    Heart disease kills more than six times as many women as breast cancer, and the risk of heart disease is rising in women under 50. Despite the efforts of the American Heart Association, many women still believe that breast cancer is their grea...

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  • Aug 01 2011

    Erectile Dysfunction? Maybe it’s Time to See a Cardiologist

    It has been estimated that one in three men over the age of 50 will experience erectile dysfunction (ED) from time to time. As men age, the likelihood of ED rises, in part due to a natural decline in testosterone levels. However, for many men,...

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  • Jul 28 2011

    Your Mammogram and Your Heart Health

    Most women are aware of the importance of mammograms for the detection of breast cancer. In the best case scenario, cancer is caught early, before it has a chance to spread and become seriously life threatening. About 70 percent of women have ...

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  • Jul 25 2011

    Heart Smart Shopping on a Budget

    “Doctor, I just can’t afford healthy food.” It’s a common lament in these financially stressed times, but in truth, cutting back on spending does not mean giving up on good health. The food we eat has a tremendous impact on our health and well-...

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  • Jul 21 2011

    Making Sense of the Body Mass Index

    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America’s Health recently released their 2011 report, “F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future.” The most telling statistic is the finding that 12 states now have obesity levels ...

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  • Jul 18 2011

    Top Ten Questions in Cardiovascular Care for Women

    For decades, research on heart disease and prevention focused on the needs and responses of the male heart. As narrow-minded as this may seem to us today, there were many reasons that women’s health was overlooked. First and foremost was the a...

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  • Jul 14 2011

    Stress and Your Heart Health

    It’s hard to escape it: stress is simply a fact of life. I ask all of my patients about stress, and it is a rare bird who tells me they have no stress at all. More often, my patients share their stories about stress in the workplace, stress fro...

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About the Author


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