Pediatric Cardiology

Foundation honors CHD patient Noah Bella Michaelis with gift  to UCLA

May 23, 2019

Foundation honors CHD patient Noah Bella Michaelis with gift to UCLA

By uclahealth uclahealth

Noah Bella Michaelis spent 13 years living with health challenges from being born with complex congenital heart defects (CHD) and heterotaxy syndrome. The syndrome involves an abnormal arrangement of internal organs in the chest and abdomen. On January 3, 2017, Noah succumbed to a life-threatening condition she developed, known as plastic bronchitis. “Noah was unlike […]

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Tags: cardiology, Daniel Levi MD, featured, heart, noah michelis, pediatric cardiology, pediatric lymphatic program, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


It's All Good

April 5, 2019

It’s All Good

By uclahealth uclahealth

“I’d let other kids know that you’re going to have good days and you’re going to have bad days, but every day is worth it,” says 13-year-old Osker Gamboa, who received a heart transplant three years ago at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. “When I was diagnosed with a heart murmur they said I needed a […]

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Tags: featured, heart murmur, heart transplant, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


UCLA Pediatric Heart Surgery Team Innovates Superior Care

February 28, 2019

UCLA Pediatric Heart Surgery Team Innovates Superior Care

By uclahealth uclahealth

There was a time Glen Van Arsdell, MD, director of pediatric cardiac surgery at UCLA Health, wanted to be a fireman or a chicken farmer. Those were unusual choices for a boy who spent his formative years in Thailand with parents who were medical missionaries. His father, a surgeon by training, provided his patients with […]

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Tags: cardiologist, Children's Heart Center, congenital heart disease, featured, Glen Van Arsdell MD, Heart Month, pediatric cardiology


Dr. Satou, UCLA Excited about the future of the Heart

February 23, 2019

Dr. Satou, UCLA Excited about the future of the Heart

By uclahealth uclahealth

Dr. Gary Satou was born for pediatric cardiology and it did not take him long to find out. As the son of a physician, he knew it was only a matter of time before he entered the vast world of medicine. “I was in high school and I saw a PBS special on the pioneers […]

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Tags: cardiology, featured, pediatric cardiology, pediatrics


4 things to know about raising heart-healthy kids

February 4, 2019

4 things to know about raising heart-healthy kids

By uclahealth uclahealth

February is American Heart Month ‒ the perfect time to prioritize heart health for your entire family, says Sheena Kamra, MD, a pediatrician at the UCLA Health Torrance – Pediatrics office. When it comes to raising heart-healthy kids, she says there are a few things parents should know: 1. Most children are born with healthy […]

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Tags: American Heart Association, American Heart Month, Dr. Sheena Kamra, heart health, pediatrics, The Checkup, Torrance, Torrance pediatrics


On-site 3D printing helps physicians prepare for complex surgeries

January 2, 2019

On-site 3D printing helps physicians prepare for complex surgeries

By uclahealth uclahealth

  Story highlights After a successful pilot program, UCLA Heart and Vascular Services launches a Structural and Congenital Cardiovascular 3D Printing Program. UCLA Health is among a select few centers that can create 3D heart models in less than 48 hours using on-site technology. 3D heart models help doctors practice and prepare for surgeries, ensuring […]

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Tags: 3D echocardiograms, 3D heart models, Ahmanson/UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center, cardiologists, Cardiovascular 3D Printing, Congenital Cardiovascular 3D Printing Program, CT scans, Dr. Daniel Levi, Dr. Jamil Aboulhosn, Dr. Sanjay Sinha, MRIs, UCLA Heart and Vascular Services


Dr. Laks, Our Superhero

September 12, 2018

Dr. Laks, Our Superhero

By dawn yeshuasaves

My son Josiah was born with a complex congenital heart defect in 1991. We were told he would have to wait for his surgical repair due to age and the complexity of the repair. Thanks to the wisdom of our local Pediatric Cardiologist in San Bernardino, Dr Sin, he pointed us to Dr Laks at […]

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Tags: complex congenital heart defect, congenital heart defect, Dr. Hillel Laks, featured, four stage correction, patient stories, Pediatric Cardiologist, right unifocalization, surgical repair


Vivian's Heart Journey

February 8, 2017

Vivian’s Heart Journey

By HRHJudy judy12

The chances of winning the Powerball are 1 in 992 Billion. The chances of having a child with a heart defect are 1 in 100. About 1 out of every 100 babies (approximately 40,000) born each year in the US have some type of Congenital Heart Defect (CHD). Each year worldwide, 100,000 babies under the […]

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Tags: cardiac interventions, congenital heart defect, Dr. Mark Sklansky, heart defect, NICU, open heart surgeries, patient stories, PICU, UCLA Children's Heart Center, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


Cash's Heart Journey

July 22, 2016

Cash’s Heart Journey

By rainahurn rainahurn

Hi Everyone, We did it! Tomorrow is Cash’s first birthday! All of you are on my mind and I just wanted to tell you how thankful for each and every person that has taken part in Cash’s heart journey. It is because of all of you and your dedication to your practice that we have […]

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Tags: cardiology, Dr. Gregory Perens, patient stories, pediatric cardiology


March 30, 2016

The Story of a Griffin

By dawnsedorovich dawnsedorovich

The Story of a Griffin as told by Griffin: “What’s that Mommy? You want me to thank ONE of my doctors? Impossible… I want to thank my entire team of rock star doctors! Dr. Sklansky – thanks for saying hi through mommy’s belly before I was even born and making sure my heart stays healthy […]

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Tags: Balucan, Doctors Day, Dr. Alisha West, Dr. Brian Reemtsen, Dr. Jennifer Balucan, Dr. Mark Sklansky, patient stories, pediatric cardiology, pediatric head/neck surgery, pediatric otolaryngology, pediatrics