Dr. Elkin

Although Dr. Elkin has often dealt with crippling illness and death, he prefers a more preventive approach in which patients are intimately involved with their health. Dr. Elkin may act as the “quarterback”, but the patient is the ultimate player in his or her own healthcare.

Dr. Howard Elkin has practiced cardiology in Whittier, California since 1986. He graduated with highest honors from the Medical College of Virginia in 1979, after which he finished his internship and residency in internal medicine at Michael Resse Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago. He followed with a fellowship in clinical cardiology at Northwestern University. Dr. Elkin moved to Southern California in 1984, where he completed an additional fellowship in invasive cardiology at the Los Angeles Heart Institute.

Dr. Elkin realized in the early 90’s that mainstream cardiology focused on diagnosing and treating patients who exhibited a disease of excess blood pressure, excess cholesterol, excess body weight, excess smoking, excess stress, and an inadequate amount of physical activity. “I discovered that even after “fixing” the problem with angioplasty, stent deployment, and/or bypass surgery, the patient would revert back to their previous state of complacency relative to their healthy habits.”


In 1994, Dr. Elkin added a preventative component to his practice with the HeartWise Fitness Institute. Since its inception, this program for total wellness has gained popularity in the community by combining sound nutrition, exercise, and stress management to mitigate disease as well as attain vibrant health. Through this approach, patients are empowered to live happier, healthier, and less stressful lives.

The year 2000 proved to be both challenging and exciting as Dr. Elkin established the HeartWise Longevity Center. This program integrated the physical, nutritional and hormonal elements of aging with the aim of “turning back the clock”. Dr. Elkin fervently believes that it’s not about merely adding years to your life, but adding life to your years.

In 2002 he became the first physician in the area to introduce EECP (External Enhanced Counter Pulsation) to his practice. This is a non-invasive alternative to angioplasty and by-pass surgery for treatment of coronary heart disease. It can be done in the office and has proven to be a successful alternative to surgery for many patients.

Dr. Elkin has also created a forum that combines allopathic and holistic practitioners and healers. Entitled, “The Power of Healing: Exploring New Options for Healthy Living”, this retreat was held in March 2000 at the Fess Parker Resort in Santa Barbara. This forum was a success, so Dr. Elkin committed to repeat this program in order to continue to educate and inspire the informed public of not only medical advances, but various alternative therapies to assist in total wellness-physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. A program with a similar format has been repeated on three separate occasions.

Dr. Elkin practices what he preaches. He is an avid reader and writer, and participates in several wellness and emotional release retreats. A competitive athlete, Dr. Elkin has run the proverbial gamut from mid and long-distance running, cycling and triathlons to gymnastics and body building.

He also enjoys the outdoors by hiking, water skiing, and rollerblading with his two daughters, DeAnna and Marisa. He is now in the process of writing his first book, an autobiographical account of his personal experience with the total wellness philosophy.

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