Cardiology: Then and Now

20130424_1668February 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 a spectrum of cardiac conditions. The Institute offers a host of services, ranging from surgery to cardiac catheterization to interventional cardiology.

The Institute also offers expert diagnostics for diagnosing complicated heart issues – the first step in helping a child feel better. Here’s just a snapshot of CHOC’s many diagnostic offerings:

  • Electrocardiogram (EKG), Holter monitoring and cardiac event monitor recording
  • Pediatric ergometer and treadmill stress-testing
  • Fetal echocardiography and prenatal cardiac diagnosis
  • 2D and 3D real-time resting, stress and sedated echocardiography
  • 1.5T and 3.0T magnetic resonance (MRI) and CT angiography with 3-D image reconstruction
  • Diagnostic cardiac catheterization and therapeutic cardiac catheterization in state-of-the-art catheterization laboratories

I love CHOC heart patients, and I’m so grateful for the cardiologists, nurses and other staff who help care for them. How has CHOC helped your heart — besides filling it with joy? Let me know on social media by using the hashtag #thxCHOC.


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.


What are you Thankful for this Thanksgiving?

ThanksgivingNot a day goes by that I am not grateful for CHOC Children’s, its doctors and nurses, and all my friends I’ve met there in the last 50 years.

But, as Thanksgiving approaches this week, I am feeling especially thankful that Orange County and neighboring areas have a premier children’s hospital right in their backyard. With two hospital campuses, the region’s only pediatric-dedicated emergency room, and a handful of specialty and primary clinics, CHOC Children’s is ready when you need them.

But, I am also thankful for other things. Like honey. Who’s with me? Tell me what else you’re thankful for this week. Post it in the comments section, or let me know on social media with the hashtag #thxCHOC.

And, of course, on behalf of all of my friends at CHOC, I wish you and your family a happy Thanksgiving.