Cardiologist, author, and heart health expert Dr. Sarah Samaan offers advice on how to live a heart smart life.
May 09 2012
Antioxidants and Brain Health: Supplements May Harm, but Berries Protect
“Antioxidant” is a word that has become part of our daily jargon, but exactly how these nutritional scavengers work is not entirely clear. We know that they block the effects of harmful free radicals, preventing damage to the cells of our bodie...
May 08 2012
Why I Love Mangoes
In South Asia, Mangoes have been known as the “king of fruit” for centuries, yet many of us in the Western hemisphere have yet to succumb to their charms. That’s a pity, because not only are mangoes full of fabulous antioxidants, fiber, and vit...
May 01 2012
Low Fat Dairy Foods may Reduce Stroke Risk
Way back in 1997, the New England Journal of Medicine published the results of a landmark study evaluating the effects of diet on blood pressure. Researchers tested the impact of a diet known as the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypert...
Apr 26 2012
Three Tips for a Long Life
Fred (not his real name) is a bright, energetic, and optimistic 85 year old gentleman who lives every day to its fullest. Fifteen years ago he had heart bypass surgery. The surgery was successful, and he recovered quickly. Sadly, he spent the n...
Apr 12 2012
Best Practices for a Healthy Heart Step Two: Eat Well to Live Better
My new book, Best Practices for a Healthy Heart: How to Stop Heart Disease Before or After it Starts, will be released in May by The Experiment publishing house. In the book, I outline seven important steps that will help you to achieve optimum...
Mar 12 2012
Introducing Best Practices for a Healthy Heart
As a busy cardiologist with a diverse practice, I discovered early on that my patients were hungry for information that would help them to take care of their own health. Although most came to see me for diagnosis and treatment of a wide range o...
Mar 06 2012
Watching Your Sodium?
New study finds that salt lurks in some surprising places High blood pressure, or hypertension, afflicts about one in every three American adults, yet only half have the problem under control. Although hypertension is often “silent,” causing ...
Feb 16 2012
In Praise of the Lowly Chickpea
A recent encounter with a scrumptious hummus got me thinking about the versatility of the chickpea, a Mediterranean staple otherwise known as the garbanzo bean. A legume high in protein, fiber, and antioxidants, yet very low in fat, chickpeas a...
Feb 14 2012
Black Tea and Blood Pressure: More Good News
Caffeine has long been considered a cardiology bugaboo, but we now know that tea and coffee have important and intriguing health benefits when enjoyed in moderation. Although green tea usually gets all the glory, black tea has been associated w...
Jan 19 2012
What Does Prevention Really Mean?
A charming gentleman in his 70’s recently visited my office for the first time, encouraged by my reputation as a cardiologist with a focus on prevention. Joe (not his real name) had undergone quadruple bypass surgery several years prior, at whi...