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.

  • 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 ...

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  • Aug 17 2012

    Women, Stress, and the Workplace: Job Strain Linked to Heart Risk

    Stress is a part of life for most of us. While we can’t usually eliminate it, we can find healthy ways to cope with stress that will make its effects less toxic. Recently I have noticed a growing sense of stress and anxiety in many of my workin...

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  • Jul 25 2012

    Heat Stroke or Heat Exhaustion: What You Need to Know

    With the summer sun blazing down in full force, heat exposure is a hot topic indeed. Our bodies are capable of adapting to the heat, but it can take several weeks for that process to kick in. And since most Americans living in hot climates s...

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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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  • Sep 22 2011

    Caring for the Caregivers

    In my practice of cardiology, I take care of many elderly men and women. As they age, the spouse often becomes responsible for his or her partner’s day to day well-being. The strain of this unending, often emotionally wrenching, and physically ...

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  • Sep 05 2011

    Why I Love Pilates

    As a young man in the early part of the 20th century, Joseph Pilates was a true visionary. His discipline, now known the world over as Pilates, but originally termed Contrology, is an amalgam of yoga, gymnastics, and kinesiology designed to coo...

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  • Jul 14 2011

    Stress and Your Heart Health

    It’s hard to escape it: stress is simply a fact of life. I ask all of my patients about stress, and it is a rare bird who tells me they have no stress at all. More often, my patients share their stories about stress in the workplace, stress fro...

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  • Apr 18 2011

    Working Overtime: Does Your Heart Pay the Price?

    The economy and jobs situation being what it is, a lot of us are being asked to work longer hours and take on more responsibility. In fact, let’s be honest, sometimes we are not so much asked as told to stay late to get the work done. I see the ...

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  • 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...

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About the Author


MD, FACC

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

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