Did you know that at least one out of every three deaths in the United States is caused by heart disease and stroke? Did you also know that more than 200,000 of those deaths could have been prevented? At Salt Lake Regional Medical Center, a unique team of cardiothoracic surgeons, interventional cardiologists, and peripheral vascular specialists partner together to provide advanced comprehensive heart care in Salt Lake City.
With years of experience, cutting-edge tools and facilities, and a name that’s earned the trust of the community, the heart and vascular program at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center is a cardiac health destination for patients in the West.
The heart care program at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center incorporates healthcare leaders and professionals from diverse backgrounds with the aim of improving patients’ heart and overall health. Services, which are available 24/7, include:
- Chest pain response
- Cardiac Catheterization
- Treatment for Arrhythmia
- Diagnostic Imaging
- Heart Surgery
- Cardiovascular Intensive Care
Heart Conditions Treated
Your heart care team at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center is prepared and equipped to treat any heart condition. Common heart conditions include adult congenital heart disease, arrhythmias, coronary artery disease, heart attack, heart failure, and more. This resource page provides more in-depth information about various heart conditions, symptoms, and treatment options.
Advanced Diagnostic Procedures
If your primary care provider has detected a potential problem with your heart or blood vessels, then he or she may refer you to a cardiologist at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center. During an initial evaluation, your cardiologist may ask about your medical history, lifestyle, and other information. A diagnostic test may be performed or scheduled at this time. Diagnostic tests could include:
- 64-slice CT scanner
- Arterial color flow Doppler
- Cardiac Catheterization
- Chest and abdominal x-rays
- Echocardiography (heart, neck, abdomen)
- Transesophageal Echocardiogram
- Electrocardiogram (ECG / EKG)
- Intracardiac/intravascular ultrasound
- Lab-blood tests
- MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
- Nuclear Cardiology
- Pacemaker and Defibrillator Checkup
- Stress / Treadmill Testing
- 24-hour Holter and Event Monitoring
Interventional cardiology is a branch of medicine that uses a minimally invasive catheter-based approach for treating diseases of the heart and vascular system. For many patients, an interventional procedure is preferable over an open heart procedure because there are usually fewer risks and complications, less blood loss, and a faster recovery – with results that are just as good as those that open heart surgery has to offer.
The following interventional procedures, among others, are performed in Salt Lake Regional Medical Center’s two cath labs:
- AAA repairs
- Balloon Angioplasty and Stent Placement
- Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
- Electrophysiological Investigations
- Heart Valve Surgery
- Pacemaker and ICD implantation
- Radiofrequency Ablation
Open Heart Surgery
Some procedures, such as heart valve replacement and severe coronary artery disease, may not be suitably treated using non-surgical means (i.e. via interventional cardiology). Or, in some cases, a patient may not be eligible for a catheter-based procedure because of their health condition or risk factors. When a catheter-based procedure is not an option, you need the best open heart surgeons and facilities available. Some procedures, such as Minimally Invasive Coronary Artery Bypass (MIDCAB) are “open heart” procedures, but can still be performed in a minimally invasive fashion. With MIDCAB, for example, blockages near the front of the heart can be treated using tiny incisions.
Cardiovascular Intensive Care
Patients who have undergone a heart procedure or suffered some sort of heart-related trauma (heart attack, heart failure, etc.) may be admitted into the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit. This unit is equipped with high-tech systems that can record and monitor the heart’s activity, helping patients transition into their new, post-surgery lives.
Diseases of the veins and arteries don’t just affect the heart. They can also affect the brain, lungs, legs, arms, and other organs of the body. At Salt Lake Regional Medical Center, a peripheral vascular surgeon and peripheral vascular interventionist are on staff and available to treat vascular disease throughout the body. Treatment is offered for varicose veins, chronic venous insufficiency, peripheral arterial disease, and more.
HeartView Scan: Know Your Risk
Concerned about your risk for heart disease? Schedule a HeartView Scan for yourself or a loved one to learn more. The HeartView Scan is a noninvasive method of scanning for plaque buildup in the coronary arteries – before symptoms occur. It’s completely painless and takes just ten minutes to complete.