China California Heart Watch

The China California Heart Watch brings together experts from the United States, China, and around the world. Together, we use innovative and sustainable methods to combat the growing epidemic of heart disease in Yunnan Province, China. Our overarching mission is to serve the people of Yunnan through: (1) Training local healthcare professionals in the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of heart disease; (2) Improving access to high-quality healthcare and life-saving treatments; (3) Researching the epidemiology of heart disease, the effectiveness of our interventions, and other topics of critical value to rural Chinese populations. The activities of the China California Heart Watch generate ...

School children posing for a photo

School children posing for a photo
Here, some children pose for a photo after being screened. Most of the children we treat are able to attend school but have difficulty keeping up with their friends. Their disease is progressive. (view small | med | large | orig)

Reviewing ultrasounds

Reviewing ultrasounds
When we identify a murmur, we bring the child into our mobile clinic where we perform an ultrasound of their heart. This lets us diagnose their defect and to determine a course of treatment. (view small | med | large | orig)

A volunteer checking for murmurs

A volunteer checking for murmurs
Working alongside our doctors, highly trained volunteers assist us during screenings. Our volunteers come from all over the world--including China, the US, Canada, Australia, England and New Zealand. (view small | med | large | orig)

A China Cal doctor checking for heart murmurs

A China Cal doctor checking for heart murmurs
For five months out of the year, China Cal tours Yunnan going from school to school to screen children for heart disease. Our exam starts by listening for murmurs, as pictured here. (view small | med | large | orig)

Rice fields in Yunnan

Rice fields in Yunnan
Yunnan is one of China's poorest provinces, but also of the country's most beautiful. The children we fund often coming from small farming or agricultural communities in rural areas of the province. (view small | med | large | orig)
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