Almost one in one hundred babies are born with a heart problem. The cardiac team at Arkansas Children's understands parents' concerns and the importance of diagnosing heart problems early – even before your baby's birth.
The Fetal Heart Center is part of The Heart Center at Arkansas Children's. Our program includes pediatric cardiologists and sonographers with expertise in fetal cardiac imaging and congenital heart defects. We work together with other subspecialties including Maternal Fetal Medicine, Neonatology, Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery, Pediatric Surgery and Genetics, to provide you with the most comprehensive prenatal care for your unborn child. Arkansas Children's in cooperation with the University of Arkansas is one of only two pediatric hospitals in the nation performing fetal magnetocardiography to fully evaluate the heart rhythm of the baby.
See an example of a fetal echocardiogram.
Every day at Arkansas Children’s Heart Institute, we strive for excellence, and our outcomes prove it. Under the direction of nationally renowned pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Brian Reemtsen, the Heart Institute achieved a remarkable 100% surgical survival rate last year, including transplants.
Congenital heart defects are the most common of all birth defects, occurring at a rate of approximately eight cases per 1,000 live births.
Cardiologists at Arkansas Children's provide warning signs to help prevent sudden cardiac arrest among teens.
Heather Honaker’s daughter, Ellie, was born with Down syndrome and two severe heart defects. Here, she shares her thoughts about her family’s experience with Arkansas Children’s.
Just six hours after Emma's birth, her parents were on their way to Arkansas Children's, where their newborn was given a difficult diagnosis. They were shocked but soon learned about the excellent care she would receive. Hear what life is like for this family today.