Keep the Beat

Keep the Beat heart screenings take place at our Little Rock Clinic located at:


501-219-SAVE (7283)


Keep the Beat is a heart screening and educational program provided by Arkansas Heart Hospital.

It is a cardiovascular evaluation open to the public. It is a quick, painless way to assess your risk for heart disease. Keep the Beat will look at various risk factors of heart disease and help you develop your cardiovascular risk profile. Participants in the Keep the Beat screening will receive counseling by a qualified healthcare professional. In addition to an in-depth look at your risk factors, you will receive educational materials related to the prevention and treatment of heart disease. This information will be valuable to you as you move forward with lifestyle and risk-management changes in order to keep your heart healthy. Keep the Beat is not intended to replace routine checks and/or follow-ups with your doctor. Any follow up that is done will be based on your preference and your level of identified risk.

Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in Arkansas. The total cardiovascular disease death rate in Arkansas is the 7th highest in the U.S. per the American Heart Association’s Cardiovascular Diseases in the United States: 2009 report. Surprisingly a large number of those suffering from heart disease do not have any obvious outward signs; for many, their very first symptom is a heart attack. Arkansas Heart Hospital has initiated the Keep the Beat program to help assess your cardiovascular risk and then help you move in a direction that may keep you from becoming a statistic.

Keep the Beat is a cardiac screening consisting of nine components. Each component helps us build your cardiovascular risk profile. Once we build your risk profile, we can then assist you in moving forward to make good choices about your heart health. The earlier heart disease is detected, the greater the chance that it can be slowed, stopped or even reversed.


  • HeartSaver CT scan: CT scan of the heart to assess hard calcium deposits.
  • Laboratory Blood tests:
    • Lipid Panel: Total Cholesterol, HDL, LDL, and Triglycerides
    • Hemoglobin A1C: Diabetic Screening
  • Resting Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Carotid Artery Screening
  • Peripheral Vascular Screening
  • Blood Pressure Evaluation
  • Risk Evaluation: Assess risk factors and the risk of heart disease over the next 10 years
  • Body Composition: Body Mass Index (BMI) and measure of body fat percentage
  • Nutrition Counseling


Age requirements: Males must be 40 years of age or older. Females must be 45 years of age or older. If you do not meet this age criteria, you must have a referral from your primary care physician prior to scheduling. Also, the Arkansas Heart Hospital will not perform the Keep the Beat assessment if you are over 75 years of age.

Previous procedures: If you have had stents placed, bypass surgery or have been previously diagnosed with coronary artery disease or you are an established patient with Arkansas Heart Hospital Clinic, you will be ineligible for Keep the Beat.

You must weigh 440 pounds or less to complete Keep the Beat screening.

Must be at least five years since your last Keep the Beat screening to participate again.

Call 501-219-SAVE (7283) today or submit this form to get more information.

Mr. Claude Reeder
Age 63
Claude and his wife were touring the hospital and they both went through the Keep the Beat program on a spur of the moment. Identified through the HeartSaver CT portion of the Keep the Beat assessment, his wife had a low calcium score, but he had a high score. Claude then had a diagnostic cath performed and two days later underwent quadruple bypass surgery. One artery had 100 percent blockage and his main artery had 80 percent. Claude was on a collision course to a possible fatal heart attack. Claude is an active man and avid golfer. Prior to participating in the Keep the Beat program, Claude had NO symptoms. “I truly feel like Keep the Beat saved my life,” states Claude.

Mr. Robert Davis
Dover, Age 61
“The Keep the Beat program at Arkansas Heart Hospital changed my life and no doubt saved it.” When Robert Davis first came to Arkansas Heart Hospital it was for his brother’s heart surgery. He never expected that in less than a month, he would return for his own triple bypass. With two arteries 100 percent blocked and another at 95 percent, Robert was no doubt headed for serious heart problems. Instead, he is able to enjoy a better quality of life and peace of mind thanks to early detection by the Keep the Beat program. “The best part is that you have peace of mind knowing you are going to be around for your family.”

Mr. Donald Kenney
Little Rock, Age 62
“The Keep the Beat program at Arkansas Heart Hospital saved my life.” He didn’t have any symptoms, but the two major blockages in Donald Kenney’s heart could have easily ended his life. Thanks to early detection by the Keep the Beat program at Arkansas Heart Hospital, doctors were able to repair the blocked arteries in plenty of time.

Mr. Alton Pryor
Sherwood, Age 67
“I signed up for Keep the Beat so my wife would go. I never thought I’d be the one with the problem.” As an avid walker, the thought that he might have heart disease never crossed Alton Pryor’s mind. His concern was for his wife. So they both signed up for the Keep the Beat program. The results: she was fine, but his risk was borderline high, prompting treatment that kept Mr. Pryor from a potentially serious problem.