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.

  • Oct 12 2012

    Emotional Stress in Childhood Linked to Stroke in Adulthood

    Love, nurturing, and respect are basic human needs. Old-style TV shows to the contrary, most of us cannot lay claim to an idyllic childhood. Bumps, scrapes, and disappointments are simply a part of life. But for some kids, home life is truly a ...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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 ...

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  • 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...

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  • 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,...

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About the Author


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