Cardiologist, author, and heart health expert Dr. Sarah Samaan offers advice on how to live a heart smart life.
Feb 09 2012
HPV and Heart Disease: Is There a Connection?
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the Unites States. In 2007, a national study found that about one in four women were infected with the virus, including about 25 percent of teenage girls, 45 percent ...
Feb 07 2012
Dementia: Another Good Reason to Quit Smoking
Dementia devastates the lives of over 5 million Americans and the ones they love. 1 in 20 of those age 71-79 and 1 in 4 people over the age of 80 suffers from some type of dementia. In rare instances, Alzheimer’s dementia, the most common form ...
Feb 02 2012
Childhood Obesity: It Doesn’t Have To Be A Life Sentence
Childhood obesity is an unnatural disaster of literally epic proportions. In years past, it was rare to see an overweight child. Most meals were eaten at home, fast food was considered an occasional treat, and kids were expected to play outdoor...
Jan 31 2012
What Does it Mean if Your Coronary Calcium Score Rises?
One of my first postings last year addressed the coronary calcium score, a quick CT-scan test that can discover heart disease in its very earliest stages. It is called a coronary calcium score because the test detects calcifications (calcium de...
Jan 26 2012
Should You Take Aspirin?
New analysis shows that bleeding risk may trump benefits in those at low risk For many years, we physicians have recommended aspirin to those individuals who we believe to be at risk for heart disease. Many other people have heard the messag...
Jan 24 2012
What I Learned at The Global Leaders in Healthcare Forum
I recently participated in the Second Annual Global Leaders in Healthcare Forum, held January 11 in San Francisco. As a healthcare blogger, author, and cardiologist, my role was to moderate a conversation focused on cardiology. My professional ...
Jan 19 2012
What Does Prevention Really Mean?
A charming gentleman in his 70’s recently visited my office for the first time, encouraged by my reputation as a cardiologist with a focus on prevention. Joe (not his real name) had undergone quadruple bypass surgery several years prior, at whi...
Jan 16 2012
Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics: 2012 Update Paints a Mixed Picture
The American Heart Association, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, recently released the latest statistics and updates on heart health in the United States. The good news? ...
Jan 12 2012
Why I Love Garlic
An aromatic bulb with a powerful kick, garlic is a multicultural multitasker. Cuisines from around the globe depend on garlic’s pungent punch for their signature flavors. It’s hard to imagine Italian, Spanish, Asian, or Middle Eastern food with...
Jan 09 2012
In Praise of Pomegranates
Native to Iran and the Himalayas, pomegranates have been grown and cultivated in the U.S. since the 1700’s. Although the pomegranate flourishes in California, Arizona, and even Texas, for many of us, this gorgeous fruit with its jewel-like inte...