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.

  • Jul 11 2011

    Statins and Diabetes: What You Need to Know

    Statins are the closest thing we have to cardiovascular wonder drugs. These cholesterol-lowering drugs cut the risk of heart attacks and strokes by 30 percent or more, slow the progression of cholesterol buildup, and in some people can even shr...

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  • Jul 07 2011

    Ginkgo for Memory? Think Again

    Ginkgo biloba is one of the world’s most popular herbs, accounting for over $1 billion in global sales each year. A plant used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries, it is touted as a treatment for conditions as diverse as asthma, tinni...

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  • Jul 05 2011

    Olive Oil Cuts the Risk for Stroke

    The Mediterranean diet fights heart disease, cancer, and inflammation better than any diet out there. It’s what I recommend to my patients, family, and friends, and a way of life that I have fully embraced for years. Olive oil is a cornerstone ...

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  • Jun 30 2011

    Say Cheese! A Bit of Good News about Dairy Fat

    For anyone seeking to improve their heart health, full-fat dairy products have become all but taboo thanks to their bounty of saturated fat. Seemingly paradoxically, several studies in the past few years have suggested that dairy consumption ma...

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  • Jun 27 2011

    What You Should Know about Simvastatin

    Simvastatin, also known as Zocor, is a statin drug that doctors prescribe to lower cholesterol. It was first approved by the FDA in 1991 and went generic in 2006. Although there are more potent non-generic statin drugs—some with less potential ...

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  • Jun 23 2011

    Smoking and Your Unborn Child

    Smoking is clearly linked to heart disease, stroke, chronic lung disease, lung cancer, other cancers, and a host of other unpleasant and chronic conditions. But sometimes we need to remember that we are not the only victims of our bad habits. ...

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  • Jun 20 2011

    Fish: Baked, Broiled, or Fried?

    Fish is a terrific source of lean protein. Cold water fish, especially salmon, provides heart healthy omega-3 fats in abundance. But does a fried fish burger provide the same heart protection as a grilled fillet of wild salmon? Let’s be honest...

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  • Jun 16 2011

    What to Do When Someone You Know Has a Stroke

    Strokes are like heart attacks to the brain. Most are caused by a sudden blockage of a blood vessel that feeds the brain. This may be due to a blood clot, a cholesterol plaque, or even spasm of the artery. Less commonly, strokes can be caused ...

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  • Jun 13 2011

    What’s that You Say? Cholesterol and Hearing Loss

    We all know that cholesterol is strongly linked to cardiovascular disease, and that lowering cholesterol levels can reduce our risks of heart attacks and strokes. But a recent study from the Centre for Vision Research at the University of Sydn...

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  • Jun 09 2011

    Cholesterol Testing for Kids

    Cholesterol used to be a concept linked to middle age. For many years, we had very little understanding of how and when to check cholesterol levels. This was in part related to the fact that we had very few ways to treat the problem, and rather...

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About the Author


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