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.
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?
Do you think you could have made healthy changes without the support/involvement of your family?
Son: Actually, yes. I knew I wanted to become faster and better at sports, so I wanted to get in shape. I also hate getting my blood drawn and going to the doctor, so that motivated me too.
What advice would you give other families who are also struggling with weight issues?
Dad: The most important thing I could think to tell other families is that change has to start with parents. As parents, we need to be good role models of the changes we wish to see in our children. Mom and I are eating healthier and even our other son, has stopped eating junk food and is eating the same way we are. If we had just told our kids to exercise in the morning while we sleep in, there’s no way they would have done it. Families need to make changes together.
What advice would you give to other kids who are struggling with their weight?
Son: I would tell them to wake up early to exercise a little before school. They should go to sleep earlier and eat a healthy breakfast, too.
What made you/your family decide to finally make healthy changes?
Dad: It helped to recognize that making changes in our diet was for the benefit of our children. It was an easy sacrifice to make when we realized it was for our kids’ health.
What else would you like to share about your experience here in the Healthy Hearts Program?
Dad: Coming to the exercise and nutrition program for an hour a week isn’t enough to make a difference. You really have to be serious about making diet changes at home, too.
Success Story: While participating in the 12-week Healthy Hearts Program, the boy in this story dropped his BMI 0.2 points and his HgA1c decreased from 5.7% to 5.3%, taking him from pre-diabetic status to no longer pre-diabetic
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
BIG S HELPING LITTLE S
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
June 22, 2016
Come back quarterly for a new Newsletter from Children’s Heart Center Nevada.