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.

  • Mar 21 2011

    Exercise to Keep Your Brain Healthy & Memory Sharp

    You have no doubt heard that it is important to exercise your mind in order to keep your brain healthy and performing at its optimal capacity. Usually, this advice refers to mental activities such as working on puzzles, playing cards, reading b...

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  • Mar 17 2011

    Red Meat, Heart Health, and Cancer

    It is estimated that the average American consumes well over 200 pounds of red meat each year. And while our meat consumption is starting to drop off a little bit, it is rising throughout the rest of the world. In recent years, several large sc...

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  • Mar 14 2011

    Heart Disease Prevention Myths

    AHA LogoOver the past several weeks, I’ve brought you up to date on the latest American Heart Association guidelines for the prevention of heart disease in women. The guidelines were written by an expert panel of physicians and medical researc...

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  • Mar 11 2011

    The Heart Health Benefits of Chocolate

    No matter how strong our resolve, it is hard to resist the siren call of chocolate. Chocolate is practically our national pastime, with nearly half of all Americans indulging at least twice a week. This once-taboo food has been pardoned by the ...

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  • Mar 07 2011

    Heart Health after Childhood Cancer

    Childhood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, and bone cancer used to mean a death sentence, but tremendous advances have been made in our ability to treat and even cure these dreaded diseases. It is estimated that in the U.S., there are now ov...

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  • Mar 03 2011

    Women, Heart Disease, and Diet: What the New Guidelines Say

    A healthy heart thrives on a healthy diet. My patients hear that from me at every office visit, and my book, The Smart Woman’s Guide to Heart Health, is full of information about heart smart eating, but putting that message into practice takes ...

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  • Feb 28 2011

    Stroke Rate Surging in Young Adults and Kids

    MRI of a brain after a strokeStroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, and while most stroke victims will survive, many will be left with devastating and life-changing disabilities. A stroke occurs when a portion of the...

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  • Feb 24 2011

    Turn it Off: How TV Can Make You Fat

    Television has become our national pastime, with the average American adult spending about five hours daily planted in front of the tube, according to a recent Nielsen survey. Add in computer and video time, and it’s hard to imagine that we hav...

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  • Feb 22 2011

    New Guidelines for Women's Heart Disease Prevention

    What a difference a decade makes! From where we stand in 2011, it’s hard to believe that it wasn’t until 1999 that the American Heart Association issued its very first recommendations for heart disease prevention in women. Since that time, cons...

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  • Feb 16 2011

    The Heartbreak of Insomnia: Sleep and Heart Health

    As a cardiologist, I am all too well acquainted with sleep deprivation, so a recent spate of research on the effects of sleep on heart health has been an eye-opener for me. It’s a no-brainer that lack of sleep can make you less alert, but did y...

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About the Author


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