Cardiologist, author, and heart health expert Dr. Sarah Samaan offers advice on how to live a heart smart life.
Oct 08 2012
Chocolate and Heart Health: It's Not Just for Women!
For many women, chocolate is the ultimate comfort food. In fact, in a study published in the scientific journal Appetite in 1999, Dr. Deborah Zellner and colleagues found that about 45 percent of American women and 17 percent of American men adm...
Oct 04 2012
Non-Alcoholic Red Wine Lowers Blood Pressure Better Than the Real Stuff
Since the 1970’s, scores of scientific studies have attested to the health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption. For instance, a twelve year study known as the U.S. National Health Interview Survey followed more than 245,000 Americans and r...
Oct 01 2012
Early Menopause Doubles Heart Disease Risk
Like so many biological facts of life, menopause plays out differently for every woman. Menopause happens when the ovaries cease to make estrogen, the “female” hormone, and menstrual cycles stop. For most women, this is a gradual process that m...
Sep 28 2012
Bisphenol A and Heart Disease : More Bad News
Bisphenol A (BPA) has popped up regularly in the news since 2008, when a number of scientific studies began to question its safety. A compound commonly used to make a host of plastic products including plastic bottles, the inner coatings of can...
Sep 24 2012
The CIMT Test: Worth the Cost?
Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women, so it stands to reason that anything we can do to detect it as early as possible could be potentially life saving. The most important risk factors for heart disease...
Sep 20 2012
Just Say "No Bueno" to Taco Bell's New Breakfast
Without a doubt, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. People who eat breakfast tend to have a more optimistic outlook, and they consistently score higher on tests of memory, attention span, and physical endurance. In general, breakf...
Sep 17 2012
Shift Work Takes a Toll on Heart Health
We may be a 24-7 society, but no matter how hard we try, our bodies are designed to awake in the morning and sleep at night. Nevertheless, hospitals, 24 hour supercenters, janitorial companies, international conglomerates with bases around the ...
Sep 14 2012
Confused About Eggs and Heart Health? It's a Mixed Basket
It was a lovely late Sunday morning. Music was drifting across the backyard, the air was full of laughter and snatches of cheery conversations, our host was making the rounds with a tray of champagne mimosas, and plates were piled high with scr...
Sep 12 2012
Weight Training Reduces Diabetes Risk
There’s no doubt that regular aerobic exercise reduces the risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and even dementia, but much less is known about the effects of weight training. Some studies have shown that diabetics can benefit from weight,...
Sep 07 2012
The Perils of a Low Carb Diet
Low carbohydrate, high protein, high fat diets have been around since William Banting started the fad in the 1860’s. Modern versions include the Atkins Diet, the Zone Diet, and the South Beach Diet. Without a doubt, our typical Western diet, bl...