Arkansas Heart Hospital


Arkansas Heart Hospital boasts of delivering the best care in the state – not just for cardiac care, but for the complete patient experience. The hospital is proud to be named among the 6 best US hospitals for cardiology by Newsweek and Statista’s World’s Best Hospitals list. Additionally, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid rates more than 4,500 hospitals throughout the United States and has recognized Arkansas Heart Hospital for its commitment to outstanding patient care for two years in a row. Becker’s Healthcare also ranked Arkansas Heart Hospital among the Top 22 Patient-Recommended Hospitals in the U.S. Arkansas Heart Hospital has over a decade’s worth of experience in conducting clinical trials, with access to the state-of-the art facilities, equipment, and noted clinicians of Arkansas Heart.
In 2020, Arkansas Heart Hospital announced the opening of their new Encore Medical Center Bariatric & Metabolic Institute in Bryant, Arkansas with a focus on bariatric weight loss surgery and peripheral vascular disease. The Bariatric & Metabolic Institute (BMI) at Arkansas Heart Hospital is a nationally-recognized team of physicians, nurses, counselors and dietitians focused on helping patients reach their weight goals and regain their health. The Institute offers innovative surgical options and personalized attention to each patient throughout their journey to weight loss. Services offered include gastric sleeve surgery, gastric bypass surgery, cardiology & catheterization procedures, congestive heart failure clinic, diagnostics and screenings, and clinical research. The BMI at Encore exemplifies the clinical and research excellence of Arkansas Heart Hospital, particularly in the areas of metabolics and cardiometabolics research.

Quick Facts

Little Rock, Arkansas

  • 51.74% Female (50.92% Arkansas)
  • 65.5% White, 28.41% Black (77.31% White, 15.45% Black Arkansas)
  • 9.45% uninsured (10.64% Arkansas)
Little Rock6.62%17.02%8.59%14.46%13.06%12.7%14.7%

Health Outcomes

  • 15.51% of the population report at least one disability
  • 12.36% diabetes prevalence (9.28% United States)
  • 6.3% heart disease prevalence (4.4% United States)
  • 32.89% high blood pressure prevalence (28.16% United States)

Arkansas Heart Hospital is a premier destination for clinical research, offering the following:

  • A team of reputable and well experienced physicians
  • The hospital is a pioneer in many first-in-human cardiology trials including the groundbreaking Aveir DR i2i Study-Abbott for a leadless and pouchless pacemaker
  • Since the emergence of COVID, AHH research team has evolved showing a high level of adaptability while ensuring that trial protocols are strictly adhered to
  • Query resolution is addressed as soon as possible, ensuring that trial is carried within the planned timeline with frequent EDC checks
  • The hospital takes pride in being one of the highest enrollers in the state and one of the highest in the country
  • Remote and on-site monitoring available
  • The patient population is also responsible for the hospital’s fine reputation and why they are a first choice for clinical trials
    • Patient population consists of a great number of patients at risk for or currently experiencing cardiovascular disease
    • Patient demographics include a rural population and a high prevalence of obese patients
  • More advanced practice nurses and physician assistants (APPs) than any other health care facility in the state, offering greater opportunities for doctoral-level clinical and research management

The hospital possesses dedicated research support such as:

  • Central labs included for majority of clinical trials
  • Labcorp services available to externally send for labs if no internal lab available

A spotlight at some of the hospital’s amenities:

  • Number of licensed beds (across all locations): 135, all of which can be converted to intensive care unit (ICU) beds
  • Number of locations: 2 hospitals and 26 clinics statewide.
  • Hospital EMR system: Cerner Soarian
  • Practice EMR system: eClinicalWorks

This health system has the following clinical equipment and technology:

  • Siemens SOMATOM Definition AS 128-Slice CT scanner
  • DXA scan
  • Vantage Titan MRI
  • Nuclear cardiac, lung, and biliary scans
  • ECG
  • Ultrasound of the carotid arteries, venous US, and abdominal US
  • Angiography
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement
Mini MVR
Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Surgery (CABG)
Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS)
Tricuspid Valve Repair or Replacement (MVR)
Alcohol septal ablation
Diaphragm Plication
Ascending Aortic Aneurysm Repair
EP studies
Endovascular Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
Left Atrial Appendage Clip or Resection
Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm Repair
Surgical Ablation (MAZE)
Epicardial ablation
Carotid Endarterectomy
Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
Temporary pacemaker
Peripheral Bypass Grafting Surgery
PFO, PDA, ASD, and VSD correction
Permanent pacemaker
Open Abdominal Aneurysm surgery
Gastric bypass
Internal cardiac defibrillators
Aortobifemoral Bypass Grafting Surgery
Lead extraction
Aortobifemoral Bypass Grafting Surgery
Peripheral amputation
Cryoplasty therapy
Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Surgery (CABG)
Diamondback 360
Watchman device
Aortic Valve Replacement (AVR)
Laser Atherectomy
Mini AVR
Peripheral Stenting
Mitral Valve Repair or Replacement (MVR)
SilverHawk Plaque Excision System
Thrombolytic therapy
Alcohol septal ablation
EP studies