Cardiologist, author, and heart health expert Dr. Sarah Samaan offers advice on how to live a heart smart life.
Jun 06 2011
The Truth about Tropical Oils and Heart Health
Body lotions oozing with coconut and palm oil make our skin feel silky smooth, but what do they do for the heart? It’s an important question. Although most saturated fat comes from animal fat, tropical oils are the most important plant-based so...
Jun 02 2011
Apples for Your Heart Health
There may truth to the old adage that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Or you may prefer the old Welsh version, “eat an apple before going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.” However you slice it, apples are darn ...
May 31 2011
What You Need to Know about C-Reactive Protein
model of a c-reactive proteinHigh-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) is a hot topic for cardiologists and other physicians who share a strong focus on prevention. CRP is clearly associated with heart disease risk, but exactly how it shoul...
May 26 2011
Anti-Inflammatory Drugs and Your Heart Health
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) can be found in most of our medicine cabinets, purses, and desk drawers. Drugs like ibuprofen (sold as Advil and Motrin), diclofenac (Voltaren), and naproxen (Aleve and Naprosyn) are taken millions ...
May 23 2011
High Triglycerides: The New American Heart Association Guidelines
Triglycerides, simply put, are a form of fat that circulates in the blood. Triglycerides come from fat in the diet, but are also produced from the carbohydrates that we eat. Sugar and starchy carbs, including white bread, white rice, white past...
May 19 2011
Juice Up Your Heart
The heart health benefits of wine are well established, although not so well understood. Wine is rich in substances known as polyphenols which are known to be heart protective. Resveratrol, one of the principal polyphemols in red wine, may also...
May 16 2011
Teenage Weight Gain: A Heart Attack Waiting to Happen?
It’s easy to laugh off a teenager’s unhealthy lifestyle as something he’ll grow out of. But a new study by Dr. Amir Tirosh and colleagues, published in the April 7, 2011 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that a teenage life...
May 12 2011
Muscle Strength and Your Heart Health
There is no question that aerobic exercise benefits the heart and the brain, but less is known about the effects of weight training and muscle strength on our heart health. A number of small studies have found important health benefits, even in el...
May 09 2011
Hypertension: It’s Time to Take it to Heart
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is called the “silent killer” for a very good reason. This usually painless condition is a major contributor to heart disease, stroke, dementia, and kidney failure. Hypertension, defined as a blood pressure...
May 05 2011
Love Your Heart, Love Your Colon?
Lifestyle makes an enormous difference in our heart health. We know that a commitment to regular exercise, following a Mediterranean diet, drinking alcohol in moderation, maintaining a healthy weight, and not smoking may lower our heart attack ...