As the leading provider of comprehensive cardiovascular care for infants, children, adolescents and young adults in Arkansas, our pediatric specialists combine world-class expertise with state-of-the-art technology to care for our most important patient: your child. The cardiovascular program at Arkansas Children's uses our expertise to set processes for urgent and continuing needs.
Arkansas Children's provides right-sized care for your child. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Arkansas Children's in seven specialties, including Cardiology, for 2022-2023.
The Arkansas Children's Heart Institute's cardiovascular surgery team strives for the early and complete repair of congenital heart malformations with the latest technological advances with some of the best pediatric cardiovascular surgeons available anywhere. Our family-centered care environment is the foundation of personal, human relationships with our patients and families.Meet the team
The HLA (Tissue Typing) laboratory supports the clinical solid organ transplantation programs for the state of Arkansas.
Cardiothoracic Surgery services a full spectrum of pediatric heart surgeries, including complete repairs, palliative surgeries and heart transplantation.
The Electrophysiology Program offers specialized care for children who may have heart rhythm problems, such as arrhythmias, or children with pacemakers or other implantable devices.
As the only program in Arkansas dedicated to pediatric cardiology, specialists at Arkansas Children’s Heart Institute diagnose and treat a comprehensive list of both acquired and congenital heart diseases and conditions.
Arkansas Children’s Hospital provides expert diagnosis and treatment for aortic valve stenosis.
Pediatric cardiovascular surgeons at Arkansas Children's can treat Aortopulmonary Window with surgery.
Babies born with truncus arteriosus have only one blood vessel coming out of the heart instead of the normal two. Arkansas Children’s Hospital provides expert diagnosis and treatment for truncus arteriosus.
With a multidisciplinary team approach to care, our specialists work together across all pediatric disciplines for the best care plan for your child. Care is coordinated through diagnosis, imaging, treatment, aftercare and follow-up monitoring. Critically important for children with congenital heart disease, we help transition patients to our Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic for long-term success.
The Heart Institute at Arkansas Children's takes a comprehensive, team approach customized to treating your child's heart care. A large team of some of the best pediatric cardiologists and intensivists provides excellent diagnostic, interventional treatment and post-operative care to complete the world-class spectrum of support provided in the Heart Institute. With tight collaboration between surgeons and cardiologists, the Heart Institute at Arkansas Children's is able to provide patients and families a seamless continuum of care. The Heart Institute at our hospital functions as a cohesive team to provide cardiac surgical patients with unparalleled care. You'll find its pediatric Heart Institute is state-of-the-art, staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week with in-house cardiac-level intensivists. Our center is backed by a team that is totally committed to cardiac care-and our outcomes prove it.
Cardiology, Critical Care Medicine
Little Rock, Springdale
Little Rock, Springdale
Little Rock, Springdale
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.
Expert Heart Care in Arkansas for Every Child at Every Age
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:
The Arkansas Children's Hospital's Cardiovascular Anesthesia team has the training and experience to focus on the specific needs of patients and manage a range of complex cardiac issues. For patients with heart disease, the pediatric cardiac anesthesiologist has a central role in coordinating team-based surgical care.
The cardiac anesthesiologist:
Each part of the surgical procedure requires specific attention, including poor heart function before transplantation, the monitoring during cardiopulmonary bypass, or assisting the patient's heart in separating from cardiopulmonary bypass. The cardiac anesthesiologist has the ability to monitor the patient's overall well-being, thereby helping to create the optimal environment for a successful cardiac repair procedure, or any other type of procedure on a cardiac patient.
Little Rock, Springdale
The Regional Care Center helps families traveling from another state or country receive world-class pediatric care before, during and after your stay.Learn more about the Regional Care Center
Listen to the emotional stories of hope, hardship, and healing from patients, families and team members at Arkansas Children's.
Our pediatric heart specialists perform various diagnostic and interventional procedures in newly opened cardiac catheterization laboratories and hybrid operating rooms.
Our 3D Heart Model Printing Center has fundamentally changed the way we work. It houses several 3D printers and design tools that generate colorful and tangible replicas of our patients’ hearts that surgeons can hold in their hands. By visualizing the heart defect before surgery begins, patients often spend less time in the OR and less time recovering from major heart surgery.
We know each patient and family at the Heart Institute has unique cardiology needs, so we tailor our services for personalized care.
Watch this informative video to help answer questions about what to expect during your pre-operative visit.
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.
Our chaplains are on staff to assist all patients and families from any faith background with religious and spiritual needs.
Child Life reduces stress and promotes positive coping using developmentally appropriate preparation, education, and play at Arkansas Children's.
Arkansas Children's offers on-site dining, shuttle services, and gift shops, as well as discounted hotels and rv parks nearby.
Cardiology stories and resources help parents and families prepare for effective care at home.
Project ADAM (Automated Defibrillators in Adam's Memory) is a national, non-profit organization committed to saving lives through advocacy, education, preparedness and collaboration to prevent sudden cardiac death.
What is Beads of Courage®?
Beads of Courage is a 501(c) 3 tax-exempt organization dedicated to helping children with serious illness record, tell, and own their stories of survival. When children undergo treatment for serious illnesses, needle sticks, x-rays and hospital stays are all painful episodes to be endured. Beads of Courage is a program that awards these brave patients with beads to represent each milestone. Through this program, children are able to tell their story using colorful beads as meaningful symbols of courage that commemorate milestones they have achieved.
Initially created to help children endure cancer treatment, the program has since been modified to also reach patients with cardiac conditions. Patients receive a necklace with their name and a bead symbolizing the cardiac program. With every milestone in a patient's treatment, beads are added to help tell a story of understanding, acceptance, and survival unique to each child's journey. These colorful beads are worn proudly by patients or their families as a symbol of courage. They are a constant reminder to take each procedure one day at a time. These beads bring energy and excitement to patients and families.
Ongoing evaluation of the Beads of Courage program indicates that the program helps to decrease illness-related distress, increase the use of positive coping strategies, helps children find meaning in illness, and restore a sense of children coping with serious illness. The program also provides something tangible the child can use to tell about their experience during treatment and after.
For more information or to make a donation email us: CVICUbeadsofcourage@archildrens.org.
Learn about the exceptional cardiology care that Dr. Sam Lee provides at the Arkansas Children's Jonesboro Clinic.
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.
Hear a testimonial about the importance of having a fetal echocardiogram and her experience with the Arkansas Children's Heart Center.
Our app is designed to be your "go-to" for managing your child's health day or night.
Arkansas Children's has an online bill pay system to pay your bill for visits and admissions.
Arkansas Children's offers translation assistance to the hearing impaired as well as non-English speaking patients and families.