Heart Disease

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 25 2011

    Video Games and Weight Gain: Truth or Fantasy?

    It’s no mystery that a sedentary lifestyle is a major contributor to obesity. Obesity, in turn, plays an important role in the development of heart disease and many other chronic conditions. In my February column for Healthline.com, I told you ...

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  • Apr 21 2011

    Get a Little Nutty: Peanut Butter and Your Healthy Heart

    When it comes to heart healthy eating, it’s easy to get discouraged and to fall into the rut of believing that anything that tastes good must be bad for you. Of course that is not true, as almost anyone who has tried a Mediterranean way of eati...

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  • 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...

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  • Mar 28 2011

    The Dangers of the HCG Diet: A Cardiologist’s Perspective

    When I got the call from the emergency room that my patient Tom (not his real name) had just rolled in with a heart attack, it took me by surprise. Sure, Tom is overweight and has high blood pressure and high cholesterol. But he had recently lo...

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  • Mar 24 2011

    Fish, Mercury, and Your Heart

    Mercury Food Chain, CC BY 3.0Fish is an excellent source of lean protein, and the best way to get heart healthy omega-3 fats into our diet. It’s no wonder that doctors and dieticians recommend seafood to our patients. Unfortunately, pollution ...

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  • Mar 17 2011

    Red Meat, Heart Health, and Cancer

    It is estimated that the average American consumes well over 200 pounds of red meat each year. And while our meat consumption is starting to drop off a little bit, it is rising throughout the rest of the world. In recent years, several large sc...

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  • Mar 11 2011

    The Heart Health Benefits of Chocolate

    No matter how strong our resolve, it is hard to resist the siren call of chocolate. Chocolate is practically our national pastime, with nearly half of all Americans indulging at least twice a week. This once-taboo food has been pardoned by the ...

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  • Mar 03 2011

    Women, Heart Disease, and Diet: What the New Guidelines Say

    A healthy heart thrives on a healthy diet. My patients hear that from me at every office visit, and my book, The Smart Woman’s Guide to Heart Health, is full of information about heart smart eating, but putting that message into practice takes ...

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  • Feb 28 2011

    Stroke Rate Surging in Young Adults and Kids

    MRI of a brain after a strokeStroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, and while most stroke victims will survive, many will be left with devastating and life-changing disabilities. A stroke occurs when a portion of the...

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  • Feb 10 2011

    Coffee and Heart Health: The Latest Buzz

    Half of all Americans get their morning kick start from a cup of joe, but many of us harbor a nagging fear that our morning habit may be doing us harm. As a cardiologist, I am constantly warning my patients of the dangers of saturated fats, swe...

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About the Author


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