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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.

  • Aug 24 2012

    More News About Statins and Diabetes

    Statin drugs have revolutionized cardiology, reducing heart attack and stroke risk by upwards of 30 percent in those who take them as prescribed and achieve their target cholesterol goal. The first statin drug, Mevacor (lovastatin), was approve...

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  • Jun 20 2012

    Discussing End of Life

    The call often comes in the middle of the night, and usually goes something like this: “Doctor, we have a 67 year male who was found down at home. CPR has been in progress for 45 minutes, and he’s been shocked five times. We finally have a puls...

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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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  • Jan 05 2012

    More Good News About Statins

    Over 20 million Americans use statins to help reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. With long-term use, these drugs, including such common brand names as Lipitor, Zocor, Pravachol, and Crestor, can reduce heart attack and stroke risk by 2...

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  • Dec 05 2011

    Should You Be Tested for PLAC?

    Doctors and scientists are racing to find the perfect test to predict heart disease. We know that high LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels are associated with heart disease risk. So is C-reactive protein, which is linked to inflammation in ...

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  • Nov 07 2011

    It’s Time to Shake the Salt Habit

    It is well-established that sodium, in the forms of salt and MSG, can contribute to high blood pressure, yet Americans are eating more salt than ever. Our culture of fast food and processed food is a major factor, since over 75 percent of the s...

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  • Oct 24 2011

    Psoriasis and Your Heart Health: Is There a Link?

    “The heartbreak of psoriasis” was the catchphrase from an old advertising campaign. It may sound overwrought, but psoriasis sufferers know that the skin condition is more than just an aggravation. What many may not know is that psoriasis can in...

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  • Oct 20 2011

    Exercise: A Little is Better than Nothing At All

    To keep your heart healthy and strong, you’ve got to exercise. Whether you are young or old, overweight or slender, able-bodied or dealing with physical challenges, exercise can make an important difference in the quality and length of your lif...

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  • Oct 10 2011

    Predicting Your Cardiovascular Risk

    Cardiovascular disease kills more women and men than all forms of cancer combined. Although it will ultimately take the life of more than one in every three people, not everyone is at the same risk. Wouldn’t it be nice to know where you stand? ...

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  • Oct 03 2011

    A Dog is Your Heart’s Best Friend

    We are a nation of dog lovers. Over 78 million dogs live, work, and play with American families; sadly, the American Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) estimates that there are nearly as many homeless strays. Well over 2 mi...

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About the Author


MD, FACC

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

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