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.
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 Arkansas Children's Adult Congenital Heart Disease program provides assists in the transition of patients from pediatric CHD programs to ensure there is no lapse in care.
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.
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 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 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
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.
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.
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.
Read the story of MacKenzie Maddry, the first pediatric patient to go home on a VAD in Arkansas.
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.