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.

  • Apr 24 2012

    What if all our Medications were Free?

    We are all feeling the pinch of higher health care costs. If we have insurance, our co-payments to doctors and pharmacies are probably higher than ever, and there’s a good chance that we’re also seeing higher deductibles. For those with no insu...

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  • Apr 17 2012

    Best Practices for a Healthy Heart Step Three: Learn How to Take a Break (Without Checking Out)

    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...

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  • Apr 17 2012

    Fewer Heart Attacks, but More Unhealthy Lifestyles

    Between 1999 and 2005, deaths from heart disease and stroke plummeted by 25 percent. That’s great news, but it’s not because people are making healthier choices or giving up bad habits. In fact, a recent analysis from the Centers for Disease Co...

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  • 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...

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  • Apr 10 2012

    What You Need to Know about Sudden Cardiac Arrest

    Jeff (not his real name) was an outwardly healthy and fit 35 year old who often enjoyed a quick pickup game of basketball after a hard day at the office. One recent evening at his local gym, Jeff’s teammates were stunned to see him collapse to ...

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  • Apr 04 2012

    Struggling to Shed the Pounds?

    In my cardiology practice, I see the harm inflicted by overweight and obesity every day. It’s estimated that about 70 percent of Americans are overweight, and as many as one in three are medically obese. That’s alarming enough, but amongst hear...

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  • Apr 02 2012

    High Fructose Corn Syrup and Weight Gain

    High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) can be found in most commercial processed foods, including baked goods, breads, soft drinks, and snack foods. Manufacturers choose HFCS over sucrose (what we know as table sugar) because it is inexpensive, maintains...

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  • Mar 29 2012

    SaviSeeds: A New Twist on an Ancient Treat

    I love exploring natural foods stores. They’re stocked with an intriguing assortment of groceries and products, and they’re often willing to take a chance on something new and a little quirky. Sacha inchi seeds, a Peruvian treat marketed as Sav...

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  • Mar 27 2012

    You, Your Doctor, and the Electronic Medical Record

    I am a member of a group of 14 very busy cardiologists. In our office, we see patients in consultation, perform a variety of high tech imaging and stress testing studies, and offer several different in-office procedures. Five years ago, every o...

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  • Mar 22 2012

    Keeping the Beat: What You Should Know about Atrial Fibrillation

    It’s easy to take the strong and steady beat of our heart for granted, counting on it to speed up when we need a surge of power and to slow down when it’s time to rest. Our hearts are usually such marvelously quiet and dependable organs that th...

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About the Author


MD, FACC

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

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