Cardiologist, author, and heart health expert Dr. Sarah Samaan offers advice on how to live a heart smart life.
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Feb 15 2011
Your Medications: Nuisance or Necessity?
The Kaiser Family Foundation reports that in 2009, over three and a half billion prescriptions were filled in U.S. pharmacies, with an average of 12 prescriptions written for each one of us. That amounts to over $200 billion dollars spent, and ...