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Pediatric Arrhythmia Center

We have been pioneers in treating abnormal heart rhythms. We were the first pediatric hospital in Ohio to offer cryoablation, which cures about 95% of tachycardias. Dr. John Clark, the director of our center, also helped develop a procedure to fix irregular heartbeats without using radiation. Our goal is to find the most appropriate and least invasive option to treat your child.

We have one focus: kids.

We have special training in treating both common and complex abnormal heart rhythms in kids. These arrhythmias occur when the heart’s electrical system doesn’t function properly or when there's an extra electrical connection or abnormal electrical focus in the heart.

Children may be born with a cardiac arrhythmia, or it may result from scar tissue formed after heart surgery for a congenital defect. Symptoms of arrhythmias include fatigue, dizziness, lightheadedness and fainting spells. Extreme episodes of rapid or slow heart rates can be life-threatening.

Conditions we treat.

We diagnose and treat the full range of abnormal heart rhythms, including:

  • Bradycardia (slow heart rate)
  • Fainting (syncope)
  • Heart block
  • Heart palpitations
  • Long QT syndrome
  • Sudden cardiac arrest
  • Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), or rapid heart rate

Advancing care.

We use the most advanced testing and treatments to manage or cure abnormal heart rhythms in children and teens. Our goal is to find the most appropriate and least invasive option to treat your child. With the right care, children with arrhythmias can lead healthy lives.

We have been pioneers in cardiac arrhythmia treatments. We were the first pediatric hospital in Ohio to offer cryoablation, a procedure that uses low temperatures to destroy abnormal electrical pathways within the heart. Cryoablation cures 90-95% of patients.

Dr. John Clark, the director of our center, also helped develop a procedure to fix irregular heartbeats without using radiation.

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Locations

Contact Arrhythmia Center

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Arrhythmia Center
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Arrhythmia Center
Considine Professional Building
215 West Bowery Street
Level 5
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-3850
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Cardiology, Boardman
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Cardiology, Boardman
Leonard J. Fisher Family Building
6505 Market Street, Building A
Boardman, Ohio 44512
Fax: 330-629-7620
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Our Doctors/Providers

Department Heads:
John Clark
John Clark, MD, FAAP

Director, Pediatric Arrhythmia Center; Pediatric Cardiologist

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Physicians/Providers:

Grace Smith, MD, FACC

Director, Heart Center Mahoning Valley; Associate Director, Pediatric Arrhythmia Center; Co-Director, Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Clinic; Pediatric Cardiologist

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Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants:

Colleen Handwork, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Erin Smith, MSN, APRN-CNP

Family Nurse Practitioner

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Specialty Programs

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What Should Families Expect When They Come for an Appointment?

At Akron Children’s, your child’s health and safety is our priority. Please continue to bring your child for wellness visits, vaccinations or sick care appointments that keep children healthy. We want to assure you that we have taken additional precautions to ensure a safe environment for your child and family. The following are additional safety efforts, in addition to our normal cleaning protocols, that we are taking to help you be comfortable bringing your child to an appointment.

Masking and Other Safety Protocols

Akron Children’s has a number of safety protocols in place for our patients and visitors in order to provide a safe hospital environment.


Some of the Conditions We Treat...

tachycardia, SVT, long qt syndrome, syncope, bradycardia, fainting



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