Cardiologist, author, and heart health expert Dr. Sarah Samaan offers advice on how to live a heart smart life.
Nov 15 2012
Heart Smart Living
It has been such a privilege and a terrific learning experience writing this blog for you over the past two years. Thanks to HealthLine.com, I have had the opportunity to share the latest news in heart health and to search for answers to though...
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 24 2012
NSAIDs Risky for Heart Patients
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs ) include such common medicine cabinet mainstays as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and naproxen (Aleve). Many of us pop a pill or two at least a few times a week to relieve headaches, joint pains, and mus...
Oct 22 2012
Parents' Divorce May Triple Son's Risk for Stroke
In a recent post, I told you about an important study that found a link between emotional neglect in childhood and the risk for stroke later in life. Now a new study from the University of Toronto finds more compelling evidence that stress dur...
Oct 15 2012
Obesity Impairs Brain Development in Adolescents
Obesity is developing at an alarming rate in young children and adolescents. It’s estimated that more than one in every five adolescents are obese, and nearly one in ten suffer from the metabolic syndrome (MetS). The metabolic syndrome is a clus...
Oct 12 2012
Emotional Stress in Childhood Linked to Stroke in Adulthood
Love, nurturing, and respect are basic human needs. Old-style TV shows to the contrary, most of us cannot lay claim to an idyllic childhood. Bumps, scrapes, and disappointments are simply a part of life. But for some kids, home life is truly a ...
Oct 01 2012
Early Menopause Doubles Heart Disease Risk
Like so many biological facts of life, menopause plays out differently for every woman. Menopause happens when the ovaries cease to make estrogen, the “female” hormone, and menstrual cycles stop. For most women, this is a gradual process that m...
Sep 17 2012
Shift Work Takes a Toll on Heart Health
We may be a 24-7 society, but no matter how hard we try, our bodies are designed to awake in the morning and sleep at night. Nevertheless, hospitals, 24 hour supercenters, janitorial companies, international conglomerates with bases around the ...
Jul 31 2012
Fast Food Erases the Benefits of a Traditional Asian Diet
Singapore is a remarkably multiethnic society, combining elements of Chinese, British, Indian, and Indonesian cultures. While the cuisine is diverse and not always heart healthy, it has traditionally included plenty of seafood, fruits, and vege...
Jul 11 2012
Best Practices for a Healthy Heart Step 7: Hormones and Men
My book, Best Practices for a Healthy Heart: How to Stop Heart Disease Before or After it Starts, was published in June by The Experiment publishing house, and is distributed by Workman. In the book, I outline seven important steps that will he...