Cardiologist, author, and heart health expert Dr. Sarah Samaan offers advice on how to live a heart smart life.
Oct 04 2012
Non-Alcoholic Red Wine Lowers Blood Pressure Better Than the Real Stuff
Since the 1970’s, scores of scientific studies have attested to the health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption. For instance, a twelve year study known as the U.S. National Health Interview Survey followed more than 245,000 Americans and r...
Jan 02 2012
Holiday Heart: Too Many Glad Tidings Can Land You in the ER
At least a couple of times every holiday season, I am called to the emergency room (ER) to see a patient with what we doctors euphemistically call “Holiday Heart.” This condition may afflict folks of any age, including otherwise healthy young t...
May 19 2011
Juice Up Your Heart
The heart health benefits of wine are well established, although not so well understood. Wine is rich in substances known as polyphenols which are known to be heart protective. Resveratrol, one of the principal polyphemols in red wine, may also...
Apr 04 2011
Alcohol and Your Heart Health
Alcohol and heart health have an uneasy relationship. For years, heart patients were cautioned against drinking, since we know that excessive alcohol may cause irreversible weakening of the heart muscle, and can also contribute to heart rhythm ...
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 03 2011
Heart Health and the Super Bowl Effect
It’s easy to laugh about the enthusiasm and sometimes outright fanaticism of sports fans, but German researchers found that some armchair quarterbacks may put a little too much heart in the game. In a study published in the New England Journ...