Cardiologist, author, and heart health expert Dr. Sarah Samaan offers advice on how to live a heart smart life.
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...
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 17 2012
Are Your Genes Your Destiny? Not Necessarily
We often think of heredity as being a foregone conclusion. Undoubtedly, there are certain inherited diseases and traits that we cannot control. But in many cases, how we live our lives has a huge influence on the impact of our genetics. High...
Mar 01 2012
Conjugated Linoleic Acid for Weight Loss: Hope or Hype?
Every year or so, a new product arrives on the scene promising quick and easy weight loss. Our fantasy of a pain free solution to unwanted body fat is nothing new. In the 1970’s, I remember my groovy teenage babysitter sprinkling a “magic” weig...
Feb 21 2012
Sleep Apnea Linked to Dementia in Older Women
Sleep-disordered breathing, a spectrum of problems that includes sleep apnea, affects 12 million or more Americans, causing fragmented sleep and excessive daytime fatigue. When someone suffers from sleep apnea, they typically snore very loudly...
Oct 13 2011
Can Diet Soda Make You Fat?
The average American drinks over 50 gallons of soft drinks each year. At 150 calories per can, that can add up to a whole lot of sugar. Many people choose diet drinks as a substitute for sugar-sweetened soda, expecting to lose weight while stil...
Sep 26 2011
Five Excuses Guaranteed to Drive Your Cardiologist Nuts
As a cardiologist, I know that as much as 85 percent of the heart disease that I see every day could be prevented if my patients consistently chose a healthy lifestyle and took their medications (when needed) for high blood pressure, high chole...
Aug 29 2011
Diverticular Disease and Diet
There is no doubt that a high fiber diet helps to keep our hearts healthy and our cholesterol levels down. Soluble fiber, which comes from apples, oat bran, prunes, and legumes (among others) is especially good for lowering cholesterol. A high ...
Aug 15 2011
Obesity: a Threat to Our National Security?
Linking obesity to our national security may seem like a stretch, but the latest report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation makes it clear that the problem is as serious as a heart attack. The124-page ...
Jul 21 2011
Making Sense of the Body Mass Index
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America’s Health recently released their 2011 report, “F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future.” The most telling statistic is the finding that 12 states now have obesity levels ...