Why Choose CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute?

Access. At CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute, you have access to the state’s largest and most diverse network of heart specialists. And we are close to home with services in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Hot Springs, Searcy and Conway and more than 25 community locations.


Latest Treatments and Technology for Heart Disease

We use the latest treatments for all forms of heart disease -- from common problems to rare or life-threatening conditions. Whether you've been referred for diagnostic testing, cardiac treatment or disease management, your best interests are at the heart of every medical recommendation we make and care option we provide.

With access to 10 cath lab procedure rooms, 6 CV operating rooms, 40 dedicated cardiology critical care beds and over 60 telemetry beds the CHI St Vincent Heart Institute has the resources to care for a variety of patients. Our support team includes advanced practice providers, perfusionists, nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, physical therapists, social workers, and dietitians. With this breadth of specialties we our patients get comprehensive care tailored their individual health concerns and wellbeing. Our group of more than 50 heart specialits bring the diversity necessary to treat each patient's specific condition.

ACE Accredited Cardiac Cath Labs

The cardiac cath labs at CHI St Vincent Infirmary and CHI St Vincent North are the first 2 ACE accredited cath labs in the state of Arkansas, with the cath lab at the Infirmary also holding chest pain accreditation.  We see a multitude of procedures including

  • Cardiac catheterization (cardiac cath or heart cath) is a procedure to examine how well your heart is working.
  • Stenting - a procedure used to open clogged heart arteries
  • CTO - minimally invasive technique used to treat patients with chronic total occlusion (CTO), or complete blockages, of the coronary arteries.
  • EP studies and ablations - used to treat heart arrhythmia

We bring together the state’s largest group of cardiologists with cardiothoracic surgeons and critical care intensivists to provide comprehensive care to our patients.


Hot Springs Heart Center provides comprehensive services and the latest technology in one convenient location. CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Target: Stroke Honor Roll Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

CHI St. Vincent Infirmary has been ranked since 2012 by U.S. News & World Report as a top regional hospital by achieving high performing status for heart-related categories. We are one of two Arkansas hospitals, and fewer than 20 in the United States to receive Ace Accreditation for Cardiac Excellence for our cath labs. We do more than 3,000 catheterizations a year. Our Jack Stephens Heart Unit offers exceptional service and amenities.

CHI St. Vincent has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks. The CHI St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock earned the award for meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for quick, appropriate treatment through emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries in heart attack patients coming into the hospital directly or by transfer from another facility.

CHI St. Vincent North hospital’s heart services include a STEMI program that provides life-saving treatment for patients experiencing a heart attack.

CHI St. Vincent Morrilton also has advanced emergency capabilities to diagnosis heart problems.

Our partners also include with Conway Regional Medical Center and Unity Health – White County Medical Center where our cardiologists take care of patients close to home.


It’s All About You

We are leading the way in heart care, shifting the focus from procedure to program, from individual doctor to a team of specialists and primary care, from disease to whole-person wellness. Our team includes CHI St. Vincent Heart Clinic Arkansas (the state's largest cardiology group) as well as heart surgeons in Little Rock and Hot Springs. From aggressive diagnostic routines to the latest surgical procedures to heart health education, we offer comprehensive care close to home.

Learn about our care for heart disease. Hear our patient stories

When Does Heart Disease Require Surgery?

From heart attack and heart failure to arrhythmia and valve complications, part of monitoring heart health is recognizing common heart conditions and understanding when surgery becomes necessary. Dr. Michael Bauer, cardiovascular surgeon with the CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute, answers some common questions about when heart disease requires surgery and how cardiologists and surgeons work together to make that decision with a patient.

What factors increase the likelihood of needing heart surgery?

“What has happened is the public is becoming sicker and sicker with more comorbidities, and that consistently leads to a situation where a patient’s heart needs some type of procedure.”

How does the need for heart surgery increase as we age?

“If you have any lifestyles that are predisposing you to coronary artery disease or another heart condition, sooner or later you’re going to pick it up. You can modify it with lifestyle changes, but the older you get, the more likely it is that you’re going to need an operation.”

Is heart surgery only necessary for adults?

“Heart surgery doesn’t discriminate. We operate on a lot of older people with coronary artery disease and we also operate on a lot of younger people, so it’s definitely a mix and something everyone needs to monitor.”

What role do routine checkups with a cardiologist play in preventing the need for heart surgery?

“There are certain conditions where the statistics are going to be coming for you, so it’s never too early to start finding out where you are. I think everybody that’s at least 50 years old should have a cardiologist check their heart, especially if they have a family history or any other risk factors for heart disease.”

If I have a heart condition, is it inevitable that I will need surgery at some point?

“There’s this draw to be the hero and perform on everyone, but heart surgery is too invasive for some people. Sometimes, after our careful evaluation, we realize that heart surgery may not be the best thing for them.”

To learn more about heart and chest surgery options at the CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute, including minimally invasive procedures, visit: chistvincent.com/heart

Accreditations for Excellence in Heart Care

Mission LIfeline Award Mission LIfeline STEMI Award
Gold Plus Get with the Guidelines - Stroke silverstrokequalityaward
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