Cardiologist, author, and heart health expert Dr. Sarah Samaan offers advice on how to live a heart smart life.
Nov 07 2012
Blood Pressure Medications may Thwart Alzheimer's Dementia
While high blood pressure, or hypertension, is very common, affecting one in three Americans, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Fortunately, we now have a wide variety of medications that address the problem in different ways. The average...
Oct 29 2012
Team Up. Pressure Down: New Program Engages Pharmacists in Blood Pressure Management
High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects one in three Americans. It is a leading cause of strokes and heart attacks, yet in most cases is readily treatable. In September, the Centers for Disease Control launched an innovative new program c...
Oct 18 2012
Controlling High Blood Pressure: We Can Do Better
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a major risk factor for stroke, heart disease, and kidney failure. Hypertension affects about one in three Americans and its treatment and complications are estimated by the Centers for Disease Control (...
Aug 22 2012
Popular Blood Pressure Medications Linked to Lip Cancer
A wide variety of commonly used presciption and over-the-counter medications may make the skin more sensitive to the sun, increasing the risks for sunburn and heat rash. Antihistamines, estrogen and progesterone (used for birth control as well ...
Nov 03 2011
Omega 3, 6, and 9: What’s the difference and why does it matter?
For years, we cardiologists have badgered our patients to eat a low-fat diet without understanding that our well-intentioned advice may not be very well informed. The fact is, the body craves fat for good reasons. Fat is important in satiety, a...
Oct 17 2011
Home Blood Pressure Monitoring
When you visit your doctor, it’s nearly a sure bet that you’ll have your blood pressure measured. A high blood pressure reading usually means that you have hypertension, but sometimes the problem is all in your head. The term “white coat hyper...
Oct 06 2011
Your Dentist and Your Heart Health
High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects 50 million American adults, but one in three has no idea that their blood pressure is high. Blood pressure is typically checked at the doctor’s office, but over the past 10 years, the American Denta...
Sep 01 2011
You are Your Father’s Son
Although we would like to blame all our woes—healthwise and otherwise—on our parents, in reality, only 15 percent of coronary artery disease can be directly attributable to our genetics. Before we let our ancestors completely off the hook, it’s...
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...
Feb 01 2011
The State of the Heart
I consider heart disease to be the elephant in the living room: a colossal crisis that won’t go away, shrink, or retreat, no matter how hard we try to ignore it. In fact, heart disease kills more Americans, men and women, than the next seven ca...