Pediatric Cardiology Care

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.

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.

By the Numbers

* "By the Numbers" data for January 1, 2022 - December 31, 2022, in line with the last U.S. News and World Report Survey 

  • Number of cardiac surgeries performed: 263, including four heart transplants
  • Total transplants since program inception in 1990 (until Dec. 31, 2022): 382 
  • Piccolo implants as of the end of FY23: 65, including 16 on oscillating ventilation, presented at an international meeting 
    “Congenital and Structural Interventions” in Frankfurt, Germany, June 28-July 1 
  • Number of cases treated in cardiac catheterization lab (cath lab): 646 
  • Valve implants in the cath lab: 25 
  • Two rooms, including one state-of-the-art hybrid cardiac cath lab, resulting in less time under anesthesia and faster recovery 
  • Participating in three separate clinical trials through cath lab work: Alterra PAS, PIVOTAL, PEACE and COMPASSION S3 
  • Maintained an average of 91st percentile patient experience in CVICU 
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Nationally Ranked Pediatric Care

Best Children's Hospitals - US News & World Report

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.

Pediatric Cardiology - Regional Care at Arkansas Children's

Children throughout the state, region and world are cared for in pediatric cardiology programs at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW) in Springdale and Arkansas Children’s Hospital Jonesboro Clinic.

Meet the Team

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.

Cardiology Service Chief

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.

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:

  • monitors physiologic parameters;
  • protects vital organ function;
  • controls blood coagulation;
  • and reduces the inflammatory response to cardiopulmonary bypass.

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.

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