Pediatric Arrhythmia Center

Akron Children's Arrhythmia Center diagnoses and treats children and teens with all types of heart rhythm abnormalities, such as tachycardia (rapid heart rate) and bradycardia (slow heart rate). Read More...

Clark John
John Clark, MD
Director, Pediatric Arrhythmia Center

Smith Grace
Grace Smith, MD, FACC
Director, Heart Center Mahoning Valley; Associate Director, Pediatric Arrhythmia Center Co-Director, Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Clinic

Did You Know?

Did You Know?
  • Akron Children's Arrhythmia Center performs most cardiac ablations without fluoroscopy, reducing young patients' lifelong risk of cumulative radiation exposure.
  • Approved by the FDA in 2003, Akron Children’s was the first pediatric hospital in Ohio to offer cryoablation, which cures 90-95% of patients.
  • Akron Children's Arrhythmia Center doctors recommend cryoablation as the primary therapy for children ages 5 and older who have rapid heart rates. They also offer it as an option for some children under 5 years of age.


Meet Our Patients



Akron Children’s pediatric cardiologists have special training in treating heart rhythm abnormalities in kids. 

These arrhythmias occur when the heart’s electrical system doesn’t function properly or when there is an extra electrical connection or abnormal electrical focus in the heart.

Symptoms of cardiac arrhythmias include fatigue, dizziness, lightheadedness and fainting spells. Extreme episodes of rapid or slow heart rates can be life-threatening.

Children may be born with a cardiac arrhythmia, or it may result from scar tissue formed after heart surgery for a congenital defect, causing an irregular heartbeat.


Patient Family Resources

We know you must have questions about your child's irregular heartbeat. We hope you find these articles helpful.


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Pediatric Arrhythmia Center
our locations

Akron Children's Hospital
Heart Center
Considine Professional Building
215 W. Bowery St., Suite 5200
Akron , OH 44308
Phone: 330-543-8521
Alt. Phone: 866-230-3463 (toll free)
Fax: 330-543-3850
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