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Children’s Heart Center Welcomes New Doctors

Children’s Heart Center Nevada is pleased to announce we have two new physicians joining our practice.

Ricardo Samson, MD—starts July 18, 2016.

Board certified in pediatrics and pediatric cardiology, Dr. Samson specializes in Pediatric Cardiology and Electrophysiology. He comes to Children’s Heart Center from University Medical Center and the University of Arizona, where he has served the Tucson community for more than 20 years. Dr. Samson earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School and completed his residency at the University of Arizona.

Tina Kwan, MD—starts August 1, 2016.

Board certified in pediatrics, Dr. Kwan specializes in Pediatric Cardiology. She comes to Children’s Heart Center from Arkansas Children’s Hospital – University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She is fluent in both English and Cantonese Chinese and some Spanish. Dr. Kwan earned her medical degree from the University of Nevada School of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Arizona.

We are excited to welcome both Dr. Samson and Dr. Kwan; both share our desire to provide the very best medical care to children with heart disease.

Click HERE for a list of all of our physicians.

Heart Health

Healthy Hearts Logo APPLEHealthy Hearts Program Success!

When it comes to losing weight and getting healthy, it can seem like an impossible feat. But take it from this family, small changes add up!

Check out this interview featuring a family from our HHP:
Since starting the Healthy Hearts Program…
What changes have you/your family made?

Dad: About 6 weeks ago, we decided to take making changes seriously. Before that, we had received recipes and resources from the Healthy Hearts Program, but weren’t using any of the information at home. Once we committed to throwing away the junk food and stocking our kitchen with healthy foods, we were able to eat healthier. The first 2-3 days were challenging, but after about 20 days it became part of our routine to wake up early. My son now does 15-20 minutes of exercise in the morning while I cook a healthy breakfast. On the weekends we go running together as a family. We’ve tried all the recipes in the “Recetas Latinas Saludables” cookbook. They’re all delicious and our favorite is the tortas recipe. These recipes cost less and even take less time to cook than the meals we were making before!

 Has your whole family been making healthy changes with you?

Son: yes

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Simple Heart Healthy Changes you can make for your family today!

  1. Identify free time for activity. Find 2-30 minute and 2-60 minute time slots in your family’s schedule to get your hearts pumping. Here are some great ideas for fun family activities from our Healthy Hearts Program. Can’t find time, even activity while watching TV will do the trick! Check out these ideas and work out while you watch TV!
  2. Eat the colors of the rainbow. Color matters! Eating from ALL colors of the rainbow ensures you are getting a variety of vitamins and nutrients. Choose a variety of different-colored fruits and vegetables each day for a healthy heart. Learn more HERE from our Healthy Hearts Program.
  3. Set the example. We all need to do our best to walk the walk. If we want our kids to eat healthy and exercise, we’ve got to model that behavior. You’re not perfect, but if you’re determined and persistent, there’s not much that can stop you. Learn more from the American Heart Association HERE.
Small changes today will make for a heart healthy lifestyle tomorrow.

Children’s Heart Foundation


Show Your Heart!

The Show Your Heart 5k Run and 1.7 Mile Fun Walk brings runners and Heart Heroes from across the Vegas Valley together to raise awareness for congenital heart conditions. So lace up your shoes and show your heart!


Children’s Heart Foundation is committed to making a difference in the lives of heart families through emotional, educational and financial support to inspire a higher quality of life for all.

It’s important for all children to laugh and play, especially those born with lifelong medical conditions. We at Children’s Heart Foundation are committed to the well-being of these children.

The Foundation has FOUR MAIN GOALS:

  • to provide a carefree camp experience for children with heart conditions
  • to educate healthcare professionals and the general public on pediatric cardiology issues
  • to lend support to families as they deal with the emotional and financial toll exacted by a child’s heart condition
  • to support research in the area of pediatric cardiology


Learn More at www.CHFN.org Join CHF's E-mail List Learn More About CHF

Upcoming Events


Mark Your Calendar!

Children’s Heart Center and Children’s Heart Foundation have a lot going on from month to month. Here’s a run down of what’s happening in June.

June 10, 2016
5:30 to 6:30pm
Heart & Soul Discussion Group – Las Vegas
Description: Children’s Heart Foundation hosts a cost-free discussion group for families who have a child with a congenital heart condition. Under the direction of Dr. Beth Creel, Grief Counselor, this group meets the second Friday of each month (subject to change) at Children’s Heart Center, 3006 S Maryland Parkway, Ste 515, Las Vegas.
To RSVP: Please email Dr. Beth Creel at bcreel@www.childrensheartcenter.com or call 702-732-1290.
June 22, 2016
5:00 to 6:00pm
Heart & Soul Discussion Group – Reno
Description: Children’s Heart Foundation hosts a cost-free discussion group for families who have a child with a congenital heart condition. Under the direction of Dr. Beth Creel, Grief Counselor, at Children’s Heart Center, 85 Kirman Ave, Ste 401, Reno.
RSVP Required: Please contact Dr. Beth Creel bcreel@www.childrensheartcenter.com or call 702-732-1290 or 866-732-1290.

Thank you!

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