Cardiologist, author, and heart health expert Dr. Sarah Samaan offers advice on how to live a heart smart life.
Nov 15 2012
Heart Smart Living
It has been such a privilege and a terrific learning experience writing this blog for you over the past two years. Thanks to HealthLine.com, I have had the opportunity to share the latest news in heart health and to search for answers to though...
Nov 13 2012
Shrimp, Cholesterol, and Heart Health
Years ago, shrimp was considered to be taboo for heart patients or for people watching their cholesterol numbers. That’s because a small serving of 3.5 ounces supplies about 200 mg of cholesterol. For people at high risk for heart disease, that...
Nov 07 2012
Blood Pressure Medications may Thwart Alzheimer's Dementia
While high blood pressure, or hypertension, is very common, affecting one in three Americans, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Fortunately, we now have a wide variety of medications that address the problem in different ways. The average...
Nov 05 2012
Should You Eat Organic?
Only a few decades ago, organic farming was associated with the hippie movement and often dismissed as countercultural and radical. In fact, the phrase “organic farming” was coined in the 1930s, when the concept of farming without chemical fert...
Oct 31 2012
Hormone Replacement at Menopause Onset: Could it Protect the Heart?
If you’re a woman and are concerned about your heart health, you’re probably well aware that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for menopause is a complicated and controversial topic. Although the “change of life” has been a part of life since A...
Oct 29 2012
Team Up. Pressure Down: New Program Engages Pharmacists in Blood Pressure Management
High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects one in three Americans. It is a leading cause of strokes and heart attacks, yet in most cases is readily treatable. In September, the Centers for Disease Control launched an innovative new program c...
Oct 24 2012
NSAIDs Risky for Heart Patients
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs ) include such common medicine cabinet mainstays as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and naproxen (Aleve). Many of us pop a pill or two at least a few times a week to relieve headaches, joint pains, and mus...
Oct 22 2012
Parents' Divorce May Triple Son's Risk for Stroke
In a recent post, I told you about an important study that found a link between emotional neglect in childhood and the risk for stroke later in life. Now a new study from the University of Toronto finds more compelling evidence that stress dur...
Oct 18 2012
Controlling High Blood Pressure: We Can Do Better
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a major risk factor for stroke, heart disease, and kidney failure. Hypertension affects about one in three Americans and its treatment and complications are estimated by the Centers for Disease Control (...
Oct 15 2012
Obesity Impairs Brain Development in Adolescents
Obesity is developing at an alarming rate in young children and adolescents. It’s estimated that more than one in every five adolescents are obese, and nearly one in ten suffer from the metabolic syndrome (MetS). The metabolic syndrome is a clus...