Heart specialists in Salt Lake City, Utah and The Wasatch Front
Heart specialists and multidisciplinary teams at MountainStar Healthcare's hospitals offer personalized, effective and timely treatments for heart conditions and disorders. They work together to help prevent, alleviate and often eliminate cardiovascular disease.
For more information about our cardiology services and to schedule with a MountainStar Cardiologist, call (855) 413-7829.
Our specialty cardiology programs
We provide complete heart care services throughout northern and central Utah, including special programs for:
- Cardio-oncology care
- Cardiopulmonary care (at Cache Valley Hospital)
- Structural heart care
- Vascular care
- Heart and vascular surgery
- Cardiac rehabilitation
Cardiovascular conditions we treat
We treat any and all heart and vascular conditions, including some of the more complex and difficult disorders and diseases, such as:
Arrhythmias are abnormal heart rhythms caused by specific heart cells triggering the irregular electrical impulses. You may notice your heart beating too slowly (bradycardia), too quickly (tachycardia) or irregularly (fibrillation).
Types of arrhythmia are named for the area of the heart they affect, and include:
- Atrial fibrillation (AFib)
- Atrial flutter
- Premature ventricular complexes (PVC)
- Sick sinus syndrome
- Sinus arrhythmia
- Sinus tachycardia
- Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT)
- Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome
- Ventricular fibrillation
- Ventricular tachycardia (VT)
You may be referred to a cardiovascular electrophysiologist if you experience an irregular heart rhythm. A cardiac electrophysiologist is a cardiologist specialized in the study of electrical pulses in the heart. Many arrhythmia treatments are performed in our electrophysiology (EP) labs.
There are two main types of treatments for arrhythmias: device implantation and ablation. Device implantation includes pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and other rhythm control technologies. Ablation is a procedure that guides an energy source, such as heat, to the inside of the heart using catheters. The heat is used to remove (ablate) specific heart cells that are triggering the irregular electrical impulses.
Coronary artery disease
Coronary artery disease can include an artery that is narrowed, blocked or damaged. With advanced testing and surgical technology, procedures we use to treat coronary artery disease include:
- Coronary angioplasty
- Coronary artery bypass, using a heart-lung machine (on-pump procedure) or off-pump procedure
- Coronary atherectomy
- Peripheral angioplasty
- Renal angioplasty
There are advantages and disadvantages to each technique. If you have a question about why your doctor is using one technique instead of another, do not be afraid to ask.
The most effective and potentially lifesaving time to treat heart attacks is during the critical early stages. That’s why our cardiac care teams aim to significantly shorten the time it takes to accurately diagnose and treat every patient who has chest pain or other heart attack symptoms.
Heart attack risk factors
You can be proactive and identify any risk factors you have for having a heart attack, including age, family history and ethnicity. Identifying controllable risk factors is key to maintaining a healthy heart and avoiding your heart attack.
Controllable risk factors include:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Physical inactivity
Early symptoms ("beginnings") of a heart attack
Many people may experience mild symptoms as early as two weeks before experiencing major symptoms of a heart attack. These early signs include:
- Aching, burning, pressure, squeezing, tightness or discomfort in the chest
- Back pain
- Feelings of fullness
- Jaw pain
- Pain that travels down one of both arms
- Shortness of breath
General symptoms of a heart attack
More common and major signs of a heart attack include:
- Chest pain often lasting several minutes that can radiate to arms, jaw or back
- Chest pressure and achiness
- Fatigue (more common in women)
- Light-headed or dizziness (more common in women)
- Possible radiating of pain to arms or jaw and occasionally a sore throat
- Shortness of breath
- Weakness (more common in women)
Heart failure (congestive heart failure)
A weak, failing heart can deprive your body and vital organs of oxygen-rich blood. For this reason, we focus on managing heart failure more effectively and reducing delays in treatment. That means you can count on our specialists to help decrease or eliminate the shortness of breath, edema and fatigue commonly caused by heart failure.
Advanced heart diagnostics
Many heart conditions can be treated better when they are detected early on. That is why we diagnose heart and vascular problems using advanced technology and tools, including:
- 16-slice computed tomography (CT) fused heart scans
- 64-slice CT angiography (CTA)
- Cardiac catheterization
- Coronary angiography
- Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG)
- Exercise stress test
- Intracardiac echocardiogram (ICE)
- Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Nuclear cardiac studies
- Nuclear medicine
- Peripheral angiography
- Pharmacologic stress test
- Renal angiography
- Segmental pressure testing, including ankle brachial index (ABI) testing
- Stress echocardiogram
- Tilt table test
- Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE)
- Transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE)
Heart scan (coronary calcium scan)
A coronary calcium scan measures your risk of developing cardiac disease and helps assess your future likelihood of having a heart attack. It is non-invasive, only takes roughly 15 minutes to perform and provides easily-readable results within a couple of days.
Ogden Regional Medical Center offers this scan for only $69—no matter what insurance provider you have.
What does the coronary calcium scan measure?
Heart disease stems from plaque buildup in your arteries; a combination of cholesterol, calcium and other substances. The coronary calcium scan measures the amount of calcification in your heart arteries, providing a percentage score to predict a future cardiac event, such as a heart attack or stroke.
Who should be scanned?
Anyone looking for peace of mind around heart disease can be scanned. However, the coronary calcium scan is most useful for those who have a family history of heart disease or who exhibit high risk factors such as obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension or smoking.
Usually the scan is only for those who are 35 years old or older. The test is NOT helpful if you already have heart disease, such as a prior heart attack or stent.
If a teen or adult suddenly collapses and is not breathing, you could save them by knowing this heart-smart version of a popular tune.
- Call 911.
- Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of "Stayin' Alive" — the perfect rhythm for hands-only CPR.
Continue compressions until help arrives. To avoid tiring quickly, lock your elbows and keep your arms straight and your shoulders down in a relaxed position (not up by your ears). Use your body weight, not your arms, to push. If another person is there, you can take turns if you need a rest.
Here are some great videos from the American Heart Association to help you learn hands-only CPR: