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

Understanding Family History and Heart Disease

While a healthy diet, routine exercise and refraining from tobacco use are all good lifestyle choices, not all risk factors for heart disease can be avoided with healthy practices. In addition to high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, family history is one of the leading risk factors for developing heart disease.

“It’s important for all of us to be aware that heart disease is so prevalent and it starts with looking at your family and who in your family might have had it,” said Dr. Frederick Meadors, a cardiovascular surgeon with the CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute. “None of us are immune to having heart disease. I have a family history of it myself.”

What Counts as a Family History of Heart Disease

Recognizing the history of heart disease in your family is one of the first steps toward preventing the same outcome in your own life. Whether it’s a grandparent, mother, father or sibling, it’s important to know of any immediate family members that have suffered from heart disease.

“If you know heart disease runs in your family, you have to be aware of that and begin preventative measures to improve your chances of avoiding surgery before you’re confronted with it,” said Dr. Michael Bauer, cardiovascular surgeon with the CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute.

Does Family History Mean Heart Disease Is Inevitable?

As the leading cause of death in the United States, it’s not uncommon for many people to have a close relative that has been diagnosed with coronary artery disease. However, a genetic predisposition does not mean that heart disease is inevitable and there are still a number of different measures that can be taken to mitigate risk.

“We have to take a look at ourselves, be honest about the condition we’re in and take a look at where there may be room for improvement,” Dr. Meadors said. “A sedentary lifestyle is terrible, smoking is terrible, obesity is terrible and all of these things contribute to a risk for coronary artery disease.”

Next Steps If You Have a Family History of Heart Disease

Even with a commitment to healthy practices, the journey to limiting your risk for heart disease is not one that should be taken alone, particularly for those with a family history. Maintaining a relationship and routine checkups with a cardiologist is one of the keys to avoid becoming the next heart disease patient in the family.

“Coronary artery disease is the number one killer (in the United States), so you definitely want to start finding out where you are earlier rather than later,” said Dr. Bauer. “Everybody has a little bit different way they practice, but I don’t think you should go more than a year without having your heart checked, especially if you have heart disease in your family or if you have any of these risk factors.”

An understanding of family history and healthy choices isn’t always enough to prevent heart disease. That’s where our cardiologists and surgeons at the CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute come in with the latest diagnostic tests and treatments.

To learn more about heart disease and treatment options at the CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute, 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
Cardiovascular Patient Care