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.

  • Nov 14 2011

    Pregnancy and Diet

    The key elements of a Mediterranean diet are simple: fishgreenslegumesolive oilfresh spiceswhole grainsBy choosing to eat this way, you can eat well, lose weight, and reduce your risk for heart attack, stroke, and cancer. Now, new research from...

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  • Sep 19 2011

    Consulting with a Cardiologist

    As a cardiologist, I see patients in the office most days of the week. I find this part of my practice both challenging and rewarding. If you are seeing me or another cardiologist for the first time, it helps to know what to expect, and what is...

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  • Aug 11 2011

    Stop and Think before You Stop Your Aspirin

    Aspirin is the Rodney Dangerfield of pharmaceuticals. As the iconic comic would say, it can’t "get no respect.” Although many of us think of aspirin as a cheap and effective painkiller, it is also a lifesaving drug for people with heart disease...

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  • Aug 04 2011

    Breast Cancer and Your Heart

    Heart disease kills more than six times as many women as breast cancer, and the risk of heart disease is rising in women under 50. Despite the efforts of the American Heart Association, many women still believe that breast cancer is their grea...

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  • Jul 28 2011

    Your Mammogram and Your Heart Health

    Most women are aware of the importance of mammograms for the detection of breast cancer. In the best case scenario, cancer is caught early, before it has a chance to spread and become seriously life threatening. About 70 percent of women have ...

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  • Jul 18 2011

    Top Ten Questions in Cardiovascular Care for Women

    For decades, research on heart disease and prevention focused on the needs and responses of the male heart. As narrow-minded as this may seem to us today, there were many reasons that women’s health was overlooked. First and foremost was the a...

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  • Jun 23 2011

    Smoking and Your Unborn Child

    Smoking is clearly linked to heart disease, stroke, chronic lung disease, lung cancer, other cancers, and a host of other unpleasant and chronic conditions. But sometimes we need to remember that we are not the only victims of our bad habits. ...

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  • Jun 20 2011

    Fish: Baked, Broiled, or Fried?

    Fish is a terrific source of lean protein. Cold water fish, especially salmon, provides heart healthy omega-3 fats in abundance. But does a fried fish burger provide the same heart protection as a grilled fillet of wild salmon? Let’s be honest...

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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 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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About the Author


MD, FACC

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

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