Cardiologist, author, and heart health expert Dr. Sarah Samaan offers advice on how to live a heart smart life.
Jun 27 2012
Best Practices for a Healthy Heart Step 7: Hormones and Women
My book, Best Practices for a Healthy Heart: How to Stop Heart Disease Before or After it Starts, was published this month by The Experiment publishing house, and is distributed by Workman. In the book, I outline seven important steps that will...
Jun 25 2012
Your Daily Commute Could Be Making You Fat
City life isn’t for everyone, but for many, that’s where the work is. In Dallas, Texas, where I live, it’s not unusual for folks to drive 50 miles or more each morning from their quiet homes out in the country to the frenzied bustle of downtown...
Jun 07 2012
Overweight Kids and Heart Disease
National study shows high prevalence of risk factor for overweight kids and heart disease Heart disease is commonly considered a disease of middle and older age, but a new study finds that an alarming number of kids now carry dangerous risk f...
May 21 2012
Personality and Heart Disease: How Personality Type Can Impact Your Heart Health
In my daily practice of cardiology, I see so many different people of diverse backgrounds and broad ranges of life experiences. I learned early on not to typecast. The hard-driving businessman may play the dobro and hang out at the lake in his ...
Mar 19 2012
Best Practices for a Healthy Heart Step One: Know Your Numbers
Last week I introduced my new book, Best Practices for a Healthy Heart: A 7-Point, Evidence-Based Plan to Protect and Heal Your Heart. The book is scheduled to be released in May by The Experiment publishing house. Over the next several weeks I...
Mar 15 2012
Putting the Mind-Body Connection to Work: 4 Steps to Optimal Health
Success is defined in many ways, but most of us would agree that good health is a goal worth pursuing. No matter what our limitations, the choices we make each day have a profound impact on our vitality, our productivity, and on the way our co...
Feb 23 2012
Brush Your Teeth for a Healthy Smile and a Happy Heart
A trip to the dentist may mean more than just a healthy smile. A growing body of research suggests a strong link between oral health and heart health. Although the connection is not completely understood, the common pathway appears to be inflam...
Feb 21 2012
Sleep Apnea Linked to Dementia in Older Women
Sleep-disordered breathing, a spectrum of problems that includes sleep apnea, affects 12 million or more Americans, causing fragmented sleep and excessive daytime fatigue. When someone suffers from sleep apnea, they typically snore very loudly...
Feb 09 2012
HPV and Heart Disease: Is There a Connection?
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the Unites States. In 2007, a national study found that about one in four women were infected with the virus, including about 25 percent of teenage girls, 45 percent ...
Jan 31 2012
What Does it Mean if Your Coronary Calcium Score Rises?
One of my first postings last year addressed the coronary calcium score, a quick CT-scan test that can discover heart disease in its very earliest stages. It is called a coronary calcium score because the test detects calcifications (calcium de...