Parents of young athletes should talk to their pediatrician about getting pre-participation sports physicals that include heart screenings. After all, sudden cardiac death is 2 ½ times more likely to occur in young athletes than in non-athletes. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the most common cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes, occurs in one of every
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common ailments for children and adults alike, but many myths about the condition persist. Today, a nurse practitioner at CHOC Children’s Urology Center helps discern between fact and fiction when it comes to UTIs. Fiction: Wearing wet bathing suits or too tight clothes causes UTIs The list of supposed causes
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
When Jaden Rascon started fourth grade earlier this week, she didn’t have to worry any longer about her heartbeat suddenly racing – thanks to an innovative procedure at CHOC Children’s. “I feel good,” the 9-year-old says. “Before, when my heart would speed up, it was very hard to breathe, and it would give me headaches.
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
In recognition of National Prematurity Awareness Month in January, check out CHOC Children’s latest news on our efforts to expand our care for our tiniest patients. For nearly 50 years, CHOC Children’s and St. Joseph Hospital have partnered to serve the healthcare needs of families in Orange County. Now, an exciting collaboration is underway to
Mother Nature has already provided the perfect place for your baby to grow — you. But for babies born prematurely, our newly expanded Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital is a close second. Every aspect of our calm, serene healing environment is designed to support your baby’s brain, sensory and
By Cindy Baker-Fox, RN, IBCLC, lactation consultant at CHOC Children’s August 1-7 marks the 20th annual World Breastfeeding Week (WBW), a yearly event which began in 2002, by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA). World Breastfeeding Week is now recognized and celebrated in more than 170 countries worldwide. It commemorates the joint efforts of