Dr. Pierangelo Renella Addresses Cardiac MRIs

A cardiac MRI is an advanced imaging technique that is non-invasive and uses to magnets to help diagnose heart problems, Dr. Pierangelo Renella, a cardiologist at CHOC Children’s Heart Institute, tells “American Health Journal.”

Using no radiation, cardiac MRIs are often relied upon in cases when standard imaging techniques are insufficient, says Dr. Renella.

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Pierangelo Renella, M.D., received his medical degree from the UC Irvine School of Medicine. He did his pediatric internship and residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Renella has completed fellowships in pediatric cardiology and advanced non-invasive cardiovascular imaging at UCLA and Children’s Hospital Boston.

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Dr. Gira Morchi Discusses Heart Murmurs

About half of all children will exhibit a heart murmur at some point, but in many cases, the condition is harmless, Dr. Gira Morchi, a cardiologist at CHOC Children’s Heart Institute, tells “American Health Journal.”

A heart murmur is a whooshing or swooshing sound made my blood flowing through the heart, Dr. Morchi says. The sound’s intensity, loudness and location can help differentiate between a normal and abnormal murmur, she adds.

Learn more about heart murmurs in “American Health Journal,” a television program that airs on PBS and other national network affiliates that reach more than 30 million households.

Each 30-minute episode features six segments with a diverse range of medical specialists discussing a full spectrum of health topics. For more information, visit www.discoverhealth.tv.

Gira Morchi, M.D., completed her medical degree at Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, N.H. She completed her residency training in pediatrics at Brown University School of Medicine in Providence, R.I. and completed her fellowship program in pediatric cardiology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center/The Children’s Hospital in Denver.

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