Cardiologist, author, and heart health expert Dr. Sarah Samaan offers advice on how to live a heart smart life.
Jul 31 2012
Fast Food Erases the Benefits of a Traditional Asian Diet
Singapore is a remarkably multiethnic society, combining elements of Chinese, British, Indian, and Indonesian cultures. While the cuisine is diverse and not always heart healthy, it has traditionally included plenty of seafood, fruits, and vege...
Jul 25 2012
Heat Stroke or Heat Exhaustion: What You Need to Know
With the summer sun blazing down in full force, heat exposure is a hot topic indeed. Our bodies are capable of adapting to the heat, but it can take several weeks for that process to kick in. And since most Americans living in hot climates s...
Jul 23 2012
Watermelon: Summer's Super Fruit
“The watermelon,” declared Mark Twain, “is chief of this world’s luxuries… When one has tasted it, he knows what angels eat.” Legendary 95-year-old postal worker Chester Reed attributed his longevity to watermelons (along with alkaline water an...
Jul 18 2012
Lack of Sleep Linked to Risk for Stroke
When I was an intern getting by on precious few hours of sleep, my mantra became “you can sleep when you’re dead.” Twenty plus years ago, the science of sleep was still in its infancy, and most doctors paid little attention to it. Although slee...
Jul 17 2012
Are Your Genes Your Destiny? Not Necessarily
We often think of heredity as being a foregone conclusion. Undoubtedly, there are certain inherited diseases and traits that we cannot control. But in many cases, how we live our lives has a huge influence on the impact of our genetics. High...
Jul 11 2012
Best Practices for a Healthy Heart Step 7: Hormones and Men
My book, Best Practices for a Healthy Heart: How to Stop Heart Disease Before or After it Starts, was published in June by The Experiment publishing house, and is distributed by Workman. In the book, I outline seven important steps that will he...
Jul 09 2012
Lunch Like a Cardiologist
Although it pains me to admit, I am not usually organized enough in the morning to thoughtfully plan out my take-to-work lunch. Slapping together a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on whole wheat bread should be simple enough, but sometimes I ...
Jul 05 2012
Soft Drinks and Hypertension: Artificial Sweeteners and Fructose May Have the Same Effect
High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) gets a bad rap, and rightly so. It’s used to sweeten most carbonated sodas, fruit drinks, cookies, even bread and other baked goods. Because these foods are so plentiful, relatively inexpensive, and have such lo...
Jul 02 2012
Saving Lives, One Chocolate at a Time
“Chocolate” and “cost effective” are not two words you expect to see in the same sentence, but Australian researchers were serious as a heart attack when they published a recent report touting the health benefits of chocolate. In recent year...
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...