Congenital heart disease (CHD) is more common than most people realize. Nearly 1 percent of babies born in the United States each year have CHD, making it one of the most frequently diagnosed birth defects. But unlike childhood, many cardiac issues cannot be outgrown.
As younger patients grow into adulthood, other health problems can occur, including arrhythmia, heart failure, sudden cardiac arrest or stroke. Because some forms of CHD often require lifelong medical attention—and other forms don’t show symptoms until adulthood—Arkansas Children’s Heart Institute provides personalized care to patients of all ages.
The Arkansas ACHD Program cares for patients with all types of Congenital Heart Disease. Currently, more than 1,100 patients are followed, many of whom have been treated at Arkansas Children's since childhood. New patients are often seen as the result of second opinion requests. Our program can also work closely with local adult cardiologists to offer co-management in some cases.
As a part of the Arkansas Children's Heart Institute, the ACHD Program offers complete clinical services, including inpatient and outpatient care. This comprehensive treatment program provides experts who are specially trained in the unique healthcare needs of adults with CHD.
To manage this complex group of patients—and provide the best possible outcomes—the Adult Congenital Heart Disease team is committed to providing care based on the latest guidelines. Our comprehensive treatment program provides experts specially trained in the unique healthcare needs of adults.
Whether you require inpatient or outpatient care, we offer a complete range of clinical services to help you understand what to expect today and in the years to come. If a heart procedure is necessary, our state-of-the-art facilities enable our surgeons to use less-invasive technologies even during more complex surgeries. Our approach helps patients feel better faster and leave the hospital sooner.
We want every day to be better than the one before. Our researchers constantly monitor and study data from the people we care for and those insights fuel discoveries. Some of our ongoing research includes:
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