At Arkansas Children’s Heart Institute, we believe that a multidisciplinary approach is the best way to manage both acquired and congenital heart conditions—not just in terms of a patient’s health but their overall quality of life. That’s why our pediatric specialists work closely to develop the best care plan for each child. From diagnosis to imaging to treatment to aftercare and follow-up monitoring, this tightly integrated team provides a seamless and complete experience. As these children grow into adulthood, the care team helps them transition into our Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program for continuity of care.
The pediatric cardiovascular surgical program features state-of-the-art surgical care for children and adults with congenital heart disease, balanced with utmost compassion and hope. Although our focus is on patients from the south central United States, our pediatric cardiovascular services reach beyond those boundaries to a nationwide and even international level. From the tiniest of neonates with the most complex cardiac malformations to continuing-care adults with conditions present since birth, our outcomes and results are unexcelled anywhere.
Caring for patients with congenital heart defects means caring for people of all ages. In fact, our successes mean there are many more adults living with congenital heart disease. This has led us to develop a new field of practice focusing on those adult survivors. Our practice includes:
Congenital heart disease is often a bigger challenge than just the heart itself. That’s why our approach to cardiac care includes everything from social workers to nutritionists to neurologists. These additional resources are often critical to supporting the patient in every aspect of their lives—and we offer them all under one roof at the Arkansas Children’s Heart Institute.
Beads of Courage is a program dedicated to helping children with serious illnesses document, share and own their stories of survival.
The necklace becomes a tangible symbol of courage for our patients and their families—and a constant reminder to take each procedure one day at a time.