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.

  • Sep 24 2012

    The CIMT Test: Worth the Cost?

    Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women, so it stands to reason that anything we can do to detect it as early as possible could be potentially life saving. The most important risk factors for heart disease...

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  • Jul 09 2012

    Lunch Like a Cardiologist

    Although it pains me to admit, I am not usually organized enough in the morning to thoughtfully plan out my take-to-work lunch. Slapping together a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on whole wheat bread should be simple enough, but sometimes I ...

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  • Jun 20 2012

    Discussing End of Life

    The call often comes in the middle of the night, and usually goes something like this: “Doctor, we have a 67 year male who was found down at home. CPR has been in progress for 45 minutes, and he’s been shocked five times. We finally have a puls...

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  • May 31 2012

    Best Practices for a Healthy Heart, Step 6: Know Your Options

    My book, Best Practices for a Healthy Heart: How to Stop Heart Disease Before or After it Starts, will be released in June by The Experiment publishing house. In the book, I outline seven important steps that will help you to achieve optimum he...

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  • Apr 24 2012

    What if all our Medications were Free?

    We are all feeling the pinch of higher health care costs. If we have insurance, our co-payments to doctors and pharmacies are probably higher than ever, and there’s a good chance that we’re also seeing higher deductibles. For those with no insu...

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  • Mar 08 2012

    Preventing Heart Disease: The Next Frontier in Cardiology

    When I first began my practice of cardiology in 1994, my ten years of medical training had prepared me exceptionally well for treating heart attacks and saving lives on the front line. At that time, the emergency room was our battleground, and ...

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  • Jan 26 2012

    Should You Take Aspirin?

    New analysis shows that bleeding risk may trump benefits in those at low risk For many years, we physicians have recommended aspirin to those individuals who we believe to be at risk for heart disease. Many other people have heard the messag...

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  • 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...

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  • Sep 19 2011

    Consulting with a Cardiologist

    As a cardiologist, I see patients in the office most days of the week. I find this part of my practice both challenging and rewarding. If you are seeing me or another cardiologist for the first time, it helps to know what to expect, and what is...

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  • May 26 2011

    Anti-Inflammatory Drugs and Your Heart Health

    Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) can be found in most of our medicine cabinets, purses, and desk drawers. Drugs like ibuprofen (sold as Advil and Motrin), diclofenac (Voltaren), and naproxen (Aleve and Naprosyn) are taken millions ...

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About the Author


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