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 12 2012

    Weight Training Reduces Diabetes Risk

    There’s no doubt that regular aerobic exercise reduces the risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and even dementia, but much less is known about the effects of weight training. Some studies have shown that diabetics can benefit from weight,...

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  • Sep 04 2012

    Can Marathon Running Damage the Heart?

    Ted*, a fit 55-year-old runner with 10 marathons under his belt, recently visited me in the office at his family doctor’s suggestion. A lean and healthy guy with no symptoms and no major risk factors for heart disease save his age and gender, ...

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  • 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...

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  • Apr 26 2012

    Three Tips for a Long Life

    Fred (not his real name) is a bright, energetic, and optimistic 85 year old gentleman who lives every day to its fullest. Fifteen years ago he had heart bypass surgery. The surgery was successful, and he recovered quickly. Sadly, he spent the n...

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  • Oct 20 2011

    Exercise: A Little is Better than Nothing At All

    To keep your heart healthy and strong, you’ve got to exercise. Whether you are young or old, overweight or slender, able-bodied or dealing with physical challenges, exercise can make an important difference in the quality and length of your lif...

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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 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...

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  • Sep 08 2011

    Is Golf Really Exercise?

    For many people, the idea of exercise sounds like a chore that they’d rather put off for another day. That’s why I encourage many of my patients to forget about the gym, with its repetitive machines, loud music, and sometimes confusing etiquet...

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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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  • 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 ...

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About the Author


MD, FACC

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

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