Cardiologist, author, and heart health expert Dr. Sarah Samaan offers advice on how to live a heart smart life.
Apr 07 2011
When the Heart Murmurs, What is it Saying?
Simply put, a heart murmur is an abnormal sound that your doctor hears when he or she listens to your heart. The sound is usually made by abnormal flow of blood across a heart valve, and may be due to either leakiness of the valve or restrictio...
Mar 31 2011
Diabetes and Your Heart Health
When we talk about diabetes, we’re not just talking about sugar. Heart disease and stroke are far and away the leading causes of mortality for diabetics, accounting for 65 percent of deaths. Put another way, diabetics have somewhere between two...
Mar 07 2011
Heart Health after Childhood Cancer
Childhood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, and bone cancer used to mean a death sentence, but tremendous advances have been made in our ability to treat and even cure these dreaded diseases. It is estimated that in the U.S., there are now ov...
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...
Feb 16 2011
The Heartbreak of Insomnia: Sleep and Heart Health
As a cardiologist, I am all too well acquainted with sleep deprivation, so a recent spate of research on the effects of sleep on heart health has been an eye-opener for me. It’s a no-brainer that lack of sleep can make you less alert, but did y...
Feb 01 2011
The State of the Heart
I consider heart disease to be the elephant in the living room: a colossal crisis that won’t go away, shrink, or retreat, no matter how hard we try to ignore it. In fact, heart disease kills more Americans, men and women, than the next seven ca...