CHOC Children’s Heart Institute: Leading the way in pediatric cardiac care.
The CHOC Children's Heart Institute is the only pediatric-dedicated facility in Southern California offering the latest in advanced 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. Moreover, it is the only pediatric-dedicated facility in Southern California offering the latest in advanced cardiac care, and is the only regional facility to perform neonatal and pediatric open heart surgery. CHOC has assembled a multi-disciplinary team, specially trained in the management of infants and children with congenital heart defects.
The CHOC Children's Heart Institute Difference
In addition to being experts in the cardiac care of pediatric patients, we are dedicated to providing compassionate patient- and family-centered care. At CHOC, it is important that our patients still feel and act like kids and that their families get the support they need to focus on what is most important: patient recovery.
Once diagnosed, each patient is followed by a pediatric cardiovascular nurse practitioner who serves as an advocate the child, attends all case conferences, facilitates patient appointments and ensures seamless care between inpatient and outpatient treatment. Additionally, the child's specialist works closely with each patient's family so that they fully understand the type and length of treatment the child will undergo and why the treatment is the best option of the patient. Our specialists also work closely with the child's referring physician to ensure that there is coordination of care as well as close communication. At the Heart Institute, we believe that the referring physician and the child's parents are important members of the child's treatment team and long-term care. Learn more about our commitment to patient- and family-centered care.
State-of-the-art pediatric cardiac care
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.
Why I Got Into Medicine: Dr. Berdjis
Dr. Farouch Berdjis reveals why he became interested in practicing medicine.
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.
Preventing Sudden Death in Athletes: Dr. Batra - CHOC Children's Heart Institute
Anjan Batra, MD, Medical Director, Electrophysiology, talks about the LEAPS collaboration, helping to prevent sudden death to athletes due to undetected heart issues.
What is a Melody Valve: Dr. Berdjis - CHOC Children’s Cardiology
Meet Dr. Farhouch Berdjis as he gives details about what the Melody® Valve is and how it works.
The future of valve replacement: Dr. Berdjis - CHOC Children’s Cardiology
Dr. Farhouch Berdjis tells us what the future has in store for valve replacement, with more research and development to come.
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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
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
CHOC Doctor’s Expertise Gives Boy Improved Heart Health
Mon, 04 Feb 2013 18:01:10 GMT
Thanks to the expertise and skill of one CHOC Children’s cardiologist, a seventh grader with a longstanding heart condition has a renewed chance for health and happiness. Several months after undergoing Melody Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve (TPV) therapy, Alexander Puck of Lake Forest is energetic and active – a marked change over the lethargy and decreased
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