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Pediatric Arrhythmia Center

Includes specialty programs: Syncope Clinic

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Overview

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.

Locations/Contact Us

Contact Arrhythmia Center

330-543-8521

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Arrhythmia Center
Akron Children's Hospital
Considine Professional Building
215 W. Bowery St.
Suite 5200
Level 5
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-3850
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Cardiology, Boardman
Akron Children's Hospital
6505 Market St., 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

Specialty Programs