Cardiologist, author, and heart health expert Dr. Sarah Samaan offers advice on how to live a heart smart life.
Aug 27 2012
Quitting Smoking: Is Weight Gain Unavoidable?
If you are a smoker, the absolute best thing you can do for your health is to quit. Quitting smoking trumps weight loss, exercise, even a healthy diet -- although you’ll be better off if you choose a lifestyle that embraces all of these healthy...
Feb 07 2012
Dementia: Another Good Reason to Quit Smoking
Dementia devastates the lives of over 5 million Americans and the ones they love. 1 in 20 of those age 71-79 and 1 in 4 people over the age of 80 suffers from some type of dementia. In rare instances, Alzheimer’s dementia, the most common form ...
Sep 29 2011
Smoking is an enormous public health problem, contributing to nearly half a million deaths each year in this country alone. As many as 50,000 will die from complications of second hand smoke. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)...
Aug 01 2011
Erectile Dysfunction? Maybe it’s Time to See a Cardiologist
It has been estimated that one in three men over the age of 50 will experience erectile dysfunction (ED) from time to time. As men age, the likelihood of ED rises, in part due to a natural decline in testosterone levels. However, for many men,...
Jun 23 2011
Smoking and Your Unborn Child
Smoking is clearly linked to heart disease, stroke, chronic lung disease, lung cancer, other cancers, and a host of other unpleasant and chronic conditions. But sometimes we need to remember that we are not the only victims of our bad habits. ...
Apr 14 2011
More Bad News for Smokers: Breast Cancer Risk Rises
I am always looking for new angles to use to help my patients to quit smoking. Each year, more than 430,000 Americans die from tobacco-related illness, including heart disease and stroke. Smoking even one cigarette each day raises the heart att...
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...