CHOC Children’s Heart Institute: Leading the way in pediatric cardiac care.
The CHOC Children’s Heart Institute offers state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment for an entire spectrum of cardiac conditions all in one convenient, family friendly location. Our services include revolutionary radiation-free electrphysicology, as well as neonatal and pediatric open heart surgery, a specialized intensive care unit for our heart patients and much more.
CHOC has assembled a multi-disciplinary team, specially trained in the management of infants and children with congenital heart defects. Our heart team includes pediatric cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, cardiac intensivists, anesthesiologists, perfusionists, cardiovascular nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, dieticians, social workers, child life specialists and case managers, all with specialized cardiac training and experience. Our specialists work together as a team to discuss each child's case and determine the best course of treatment. We also offer expert rehabilitation, psychosocial support and the very latest complementary and alternative medicine services.
What we treat
Most people only think of middle-aged adults or the elderly as being affected by heart disease; however, nine out of every 1,000 babies born in the United States are born with a congenital heart abnormality. Several studies suggest that in order to prevent death in the first year of life, 2.3 per 1,000 live births require some sort of invasive treatment for a congenital heart defect. Nearly one million people living in the US were born with a congenital heart defect.
At CHOC Children's, we are experts in treating children with a variety of heart problems and offer the very latest in both diagnosis and treatment of heart problems and proudly offer:
- Heart surgery for children of all ages--from newborns to young adults.
- Cardiovascular intensive care.
- Expert diagnostics for diagnosing complicated heart issues.
- Cardiac catheterization.
- Implantable cardioverter defibrilators and pacemakers with remote monitoring capabilities.
- Interventional cardiology.
State-of-the-art pediatric cardiac care programs
Children are not tiny adults and their health care needs, especially cardiac concerns, should be diagnosed and treated by specialists who understand the needs of children. Our nationally recognized cardiac experts exclusively evaluate and treat newborns, infants, children, teens and young adults with all types of heart problems.
The Heart Institute features specialized programs in
- Heart surgery
- Congenital heart defects
- Cardiac intervention and catheterization
- Fetal cardiodiagnostics
- Heart failure
- Pediatric cardiopulmonary (CPX) and pulmonary function (PFT) testing
- Sports cardiology
- Preventive pediatric cardiology issues related to obesity, hypertension and lipid management
- Electrophysiology with a dedicated Arrhythmia Device Center that offers pacemaker checks, implantable loop recorders and Holter monitors.
- Counseling and Support
- Child Life Specialists
- Complimentary and Alternative Medicine
- Rehabilitation Services
Dr. Chang - Stimulants and the Effects on the Heart
In this segment from American Health Journal, Dr. Anthony Chang, CHOC Children's, explains what it means when a medication indicates there is a stimulant inside.
Is the Melody Valve considered "experimental"?: Dr. Berdjis - CHOC Children’s Cardiology
In this segment Dr. Farhouch Berdjis explains that the Melody® Valve is an approved device.
Heart Murmurs: Dr. Morchi, CHOC Children's
In this segment of American Health Journal, Dr. Gira Morchi, CHOC Children's, explains what a heart murmur is and how to distinguish normal murmurs from abnormal murmurs.
Pediatric Cardiology - Dr. John Cleary
In this segment from American Health Journal, Dr. John Cleary discusses modern developments in pediatric cardiology.
What I Like Most About Being a Pediatric Physician: Dr. Gates
Dr. Richard Gates shares with us how he likes interacting with patients and families.
- 1/23 - Sports Cardiology & Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the Young
- 3/11 - NeoHeart: Cardiovascular Management of the Neonate
News and Announcements
CHOC Children's-hosted conference explores future of pediatric medicine
September 10, 2013
An upcoming conference hosted by CHOC Children’s will explore emerging trends and future innovations in pediatric health care with an aim to stimulate and challenge attendees’ approach to care now and in coming years.
Little Leaguer’s Heart Back In the Game
April 10, 2013
Surgeons at Children’s Hospital of Orange County replaced a deterio rating valve in Alex’s heart.
Dr. Gira Morchi to Appear on American Health Journal on Thursday, February 7 at 12:30 p.m.
January 25, 2013
More than 80 CHOC Children's Doctors Named "Physicians of Excellence"
January 03, 2012
More than 80 CHOC Children's physicians, including specialists and pediatricians, are named "Physicians of Excellence" by the Orange County Medical Association.
Articles From the Blog
Identifying Sudden Cardiac Issues in Young Athletes
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:44:30 GMT
"Sudden cardiac arrest is a condition in which the heart suddenly stops beating. If this happens, the blood pumped from the heart stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs. If it's not treated in minutes, it leads to death," says Dr. Batra, medical director of electrophysiology at CHOC Children's and the division chief of pediatric cardiology at UC Irvine. Sudden cardiac arrest is usually caused by an irregular heartbeat, or a condition called arrhythmia.
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Preventing Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Children
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:00:39 GMT
Sudden cardiac arrest, simply put, describes when a person’s heart suddenly stops beating and blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs. If the person isn’t treated within minutes, death results, a CHOC Children’s cardiologist says Sudden cardiac arrest is usually caused by an irregular heartbeat, or a condition called arrhythmia, says Dr.
Cardiology: Then and Now
Wed, 26 Feb 2014 18:00:13 GMT
February is national heart month, so I thought there was no better time than now to visit my friends at CHOC Children’s Heart Institute. So much has changed in the field of pediatric cardiology since I first visited CHOC in 1964. From diagnosis to treatment, the Institute today cares for children of all ages with
Exercise for Healing Hearts
Thu, 13 Feb 2014 18:00:32 GMT
Parents of children with congenital or acquired heart conditions who have been cleared to exercise are often concerned about safety. And this concern is justified because strenuous physical activities, such as running and soccer, may not be the safest choices for a child with a heart condition. However, “low-activity” physical exercise may be part of
Helpful Tips for Promoting Cardiovascular Health
Wed, 12 Feb 2014 19:46:50 GMT
Just in time for American Heart Month (February), CHOC Children’s Clinical Dietitian Joanne DeMarchi offers helpful tips to CHOC Radio listeners for promoting cardiovascular health. She stresses the importance of evaluating the family’s entire diet to ensure a wide variety of foods, especially fruits, vegetables and whole grains. While consumers should avoid or limit saturated
A Healthy Heart Starts Early
Fri, 07 Feb 2014 18:00:04 GMT
Did you know the seeds for a healthy heart in adulthood are often planted during childhood? Children with poor diets and inadequate exercise can develop a range of heart-related diseases later in life. Parents and other caregivers can set children on a path to a healthy heart, says Dr. Linda Muhonen, a pediatric cardiologist at
CHOC Children’s Heart Institute, Center Provides Latest Tech Innovations
Tue, 26 Feb 2013 21:17:14 GMT
With exciting technology at every turn, The Bill Holmes Tower at CHOC Children’s is filled with the latest equipment and innovations – and the CHOC Heart Institute is no exception. Set to open in the new space next month, the Heart Institute and its Heart Center boasts advanced technology that will help physicians ensure successful
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Getting to the Heart of EKGs
Wed, 13 Feb 2013 23:07:35 GMT
Electrocardiography (EKG) measures the heart’s electrical activity to help evaluate its function and identify any problems that might exist. The EKG can help determine the rate and regularity of heartbeats, the size and position of the heart’s chambers, and whether there is any damage present. How Is an EKG Done? There is nothing painful about getting
Causes of Chest Pain in Children
Tue, 12 Feb 2013 17:27:07 GMT
February is American Heart Month. Check out these important guidelines to help you determine whether your child’s chest pain could be associated with heart disease. Dr. Pierangelo Renella, a pediatric cardiologist at CHOC Children’s, explains the signs and causes of this common condition, rarely associated with the heart. Q: What causes chest pain in children?
Serving from the Heart
Tue, 05 Feb 2013 23:55:02 GMT
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, check out these easy ways you and your family can make someone feel special and appreciated on February 14th – or anytime of the year! Remind your little ones that whether the gift is for a neighbor, teacher, co-worker or friend, gifts from the heart speak louder than any
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