Cardiologist, author, and heart health expert Dr. Sarah Samaan offers advice on how to live a heart smart life.
Mar 19 2012
Best Practices for a Healthy Heart Step One: Know Your Numbers
Last week I introduced my new book, Best Practices for a Healthy Heart: A 7-Point, Evidence-Based Plan to Protect and Heal Your Heart. The book is scheduled to be released in May by The Experiment publishing house. Over the next several weeks I...
Mar 15 2012
Putting the Mind-Body Connection to Work: 4 Steps to Optimal Health
Success is defined in many ways, but most of us would agree that good health is a goal worth pursuing. No matter what our limitations, the choices we make each day have a profound impact on our vitality, our productivity, and on the way our co...
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 08 2012
Preventing Heart Disease: The Next Frontier in Cardiology
When I first began my practice of cardiology in 1994, my ten years of medical training had prepared me exceptionally well for treating heart attacks and saving lives on the front line. At that time, the emergency room was our battleground, and ...
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 ...
Mar 01 2012
Conjugated Linoleic Acid for Weight Loss: Hope or Hype?
Every year or so, a new product arrives on the scene promising quick and easy weight loss. Our fantasy of a pain free solution to unwanted body fat is nothing new. In the 1970’s, I remember my groovy teenage babysitter sprinkling a “magic” weig...
Feb 27 2012
Protect Your Heart, Protect Your Prostate?
Duke researchers discover a connection between heart health and prostate health Heart disease kills ten times as many men as prostate cancer, yet polls consistently show that it is cancer that men fear the most. New research from Duke Univers...
Feb 23 2012
Brush Your Teeth for a Healthy Smile and a Happy Heart
A trip to the dentist may mean more than just a healthy smile. A growing body of research suggests a strong link between oral health and heart health. Although the connection is not completely understood, the common pathway appears to be inflam...
Feb 21 2012
Sleep Apnea Linked to Dementia in Older Women
Sleep-disordered breathing, a spectrum of problems that includes sleep apnea, affects 12 million or more Americans, causing fragmented sleep and excessive daytime fatigue. When someone suffers from sleep apnea, they typically snore very loudly...
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...