Heart Disease

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.

  • Aug 02 2012

    Kids Have a Heart, Too: Best Practices for a Healthy Heart

    My book, Best Practices for a Healthy Heart: How to Stop Heart Disease Before or After it Starts, was published in June by The Experiment publishing house, and is distributed by Workman. In the book, I describe seven important steps that will help...

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  • Feb 02 2012

    Childhood Obesity: It Doesn’t Have To Be A Life Sentence

    Childhood obesity is an unnatural disaster of literally epic proportions. In years past, it was rare to see an overweight child. Most meals were eaten at home, fast food was considered an occasional treat, and kids were expected to play outdoor...

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  • Aug 08 2011

    Six Steps to Curb the Obesity Epidemic

    The Trust for America’s Health, in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, recently released a chilling report on obesity in America. Aptly titled "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future," the 124 page document details...

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  • 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. ...

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  • Jun 09 2011

    Cholesterol Testing for Kids

    Cholesterol used to be a concept linked to middle age. For many years, we had very little understanding of how and when to check cholesterol levels. This was in part related to the fact that we had very few ways to treat the problem, and rather...

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  • May 19 2011

    Juice Up Your Heart

    The heart health benefits of wine are well established, although not so well understood. Wine is rich in substances known as polyphenols which are known to be heart protective. Resveratrol, one of the principal polyphemols in red wine, may also...

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  • Mar 07 2011

    Heart Health after Childhood Cancer

    Childhood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, and bone cancer used to mean a death sentence, but tremendous advances have been made in our ability to treat and even cure these dreaded diseases. It is estimated that in the U.S., there are now ov...

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  • Feb 28 2011

    Stroke Rate Surging in Young Adults and Kids

    MRI of a brain after a strokeStroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, and while most stroke victims will survive, many will be left with devastating and life-changing disabilities. A stroke occurs when a portion of the...

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  • Feb 01 2011

    The State of the Heart

    I consider heart disease to be the elephant in the living room: a colossal crisis that won’t go away, shrink, or retreat, no matter how hard we try to ignore it. In fact, heart disease kills more Americans, men and women, than the next seven ca...

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  • Jan 31 2011

    Meet Dr. Sarah

    As a cardiologist in practice since 1994, I have had the great fortune of participating in some truly extraordinary advancements in medicine and technology. Heart attacks that we used to consider life-changing are now treated with stents in a m...

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About the Author


MD, FACC

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

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