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Cardiology is the medical treatment of diseases of the heart and parts of the circulatory system. Cardiologists are the doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating these conditions.

Cardiovascular care in Utah

MountainStar Heart and Vascular has a team of highly trained cardiologists to provide you with high-quality cardiology services in a respectful and caring environment.

We offer advanced cardiovascular diagnostics, minimally invasive surgeries and specialty care for arrhythmias, heart attacks, heart failure and heart valve disorders.

Is your heart healthy?

Understanding your heart health is critical to getting the care you need. We offer a health risk assessment to help get you started.

Understanding your heart health is critical to getting the care you need. We offer a health risk assessment to help get you started.

Cardiac diagnostic imaging

We offer a wide range of diagnostic imaging technology designed for heart and vascular conditions, including:

  • 3D and 4D intravascular ultrasound
  • Ambulatory monitoring
  • Ankle-brachial indexing
  • Cardiac positron emission tomography (PET)
  • Chest X-ray
  • Computerized tomography (CT) angiography
  • Echocardiogram, with and without contrast
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG)
  • Electrophysiology (EP) studies
  • Exercise stress test
  • Intravascular ultrasound
  • Non-invasive testing for vascular disease
  • Nuclear stress test
  • Research studies
  • Resting multiple-gated acquisition (MUGA) scan
  • Stress echocardiogram
  • Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE)
  • Tilt table test
  • Treadmill stress test
  • Vascular ultrasound study

Cardiac magnetic resonance image (MRI)

We can use a cardiac MRI instead of a computerized tomography (CT) scan to help recognize various heart conditions. An MRI of the heart can help us assess signs and symptoms of conditions such as:

  • Aneurysms
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Cardiac tumors
  • Cardiomyopathies
  • Congenital heart diseases
  • Heart failure
  • Heart valve diseases

Our cardiovascular services

Many of our facilities are accredited Chest Pain Centers, providing high-quality cardiology services for you and your loved ones. These teams of heart doctors and their staff specialize in:

Arrhythmia management and treatment

Arrhythmias occur when the heart's electrical signals short circuit. This causes uncoordinated or irregular contractions of the heart muscle. These irregular contractions can cause an abnormally slow heartbeat (bradycardia) or abnormally fast (tachycardia). Different types of arrhythmias can occur in different chambers of the heart. AFib is the most common type of arrhythmia, originating from the upper chamber (atria).

Our electrophysiology physicians work closely with surgeons and cardiologists to ensure coordination of care. If you receive a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), a dedicated nurse will follow up with all of your monitoring appointments so you get the quality care you deserve.

We can help you control symptoms and manage arrhythmias with:

  • Primary and secondary stroke prevention—coordinated multidisciplinary anticoagulation clinic, left atrial appendage closures and AFib detection
  • Rhythm control—antiarrhythmic medication management, percutaneous ablation, and hybrid, isolated, or concomitant surgical ablation
  • Rate control—specialized services that focus on preventing or improving heart failure
  • Anticoagulation—blood thinning medication, such as warfarin, that prevents blood clots and stroke

Heart attack treatments

We offer lifesaving, minimally invasive procedures that help clear blocked arteries and improve blood flow to the heart muscle. After a heart attack, other procedures might be needed to improve structure and function of the heart, restore blood flow near damaged tissue or regulate heart rhythm.

We also offer procedures to treat chronic chest pain and reduce your risk of further heart problems. Our team can help you determine the best road to recovery and path for prevention.

Heart failure treatment and care

We offer a heart failure program and treatment that involves managing symptoms and reducing the risk of further damage. Our surgical procedures can sometimes repair other conditions that contribute to heart failure and help the heart work more efficiently.

Our advanced heart failure program offers:

  • 24-hour on-call support
  • Care coordination with other medical providers
  • Comprehensive patient and family education
  • Lab studies to determine treatment needs and monitor therapy effectiveness
  • Medical therapy
  • Supportive services, such as nutrition, pharmacy and social services
  • Treatment of related conditions, including anemia, sleep apnea, diabetes mellitus and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Urgent evaluation for clinical status change to decrease emergency room (ER) visits
  • Weekly outpatient assessments to determine need for IV diuretics or medication titration

Heart valve disorder management

If you have a heart valve disorder, we'll connect you with cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and interventional cardiologists who work together to determine the best option for you.

Our structural heart team regularly takes on challenging cases, such as repair or replacement of multiple valves or operations to correct unsuccessful valve surgeries. In fact, many of our patients are considered high-risk, including people who have had several prior heart surgeries, pre-existing medical conditions or have been turned down for heart surgery at other hospitals.

Heart and vascular surgery

We provide an extensive range of innovative heart and vascular surgeries, including:

  • Ablations—convergent and hybrid ablations involve advanced heart-mapping technologies and minimally invasive techniques to treat longstanding and complex cases of AFib
  • Arrhythmia device implantation—to monitor and treat arrhythmias; includes implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs), subcutaneous ICDs (S-ICDs), pacemakers, laser lead-wire extraction and replacement and left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) devices
  • Heart failure device implantation—to manage heart failure and monitor artery pressure while helping the heart pump blood; includes ventricular assist and wireless monitoring devices
  • Mini-maze surgery—a minimally invasive procedure that uses ablation to fix nerve clusters that may cause the heart to misfire and cause irregular heartbeats for AFib; works by creating a “maze” of scar tissue on the heart, through which the electrical impulses of the heart transmit to regulate the heartbeat
  • Mitral regurgitation treatment—rather than perform an open-heart mitral valve replacement, our doctors can perform a repair using a clip; this minimally invasive procedure implants a tiny clip where the leak occurs, fixing the valve and reducing mitral regurgitation
  • Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) treatment—minimally invasive procedures to remove plaque, fatty deposits and blood clots while inserting stents for reinforcement; if needed, we also offer traditional bypass surgery
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)—an alternative to open-heart surgery, this minimally invasive approach delivers a new valve using a catheter
  • Transmyocardial revascularization (TMR)—an innovative, clinically proven treatment for angina (chest pain)
  • Varicose vein treatments—procedure to eliminate varicose veins and improve blood flow by sealing or closing the diseased vein; patients treated with this system experience less pain and bruising and have faster recovery times

Other heart services we offer

To ensure we provide you with complete diagnostic and treatment options, our cardiologists also offer advanced heart care procedures such as:

  • Ambulatory monitoring
  • Angioplasty
  • Ankle-brachial index
  • Atherosclerosis atherectomy
  • Atherosclerosis endarterectomy
  • Biventricular implantable cardioverter defibrillator
  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Cardiac closure devices
  • Cardioversions
  • Cardioverter defibrillator
  • Carotid endarterectomy
  • Carotid stenting
  • Catheter ablation
  • Chest X-ray
  • Convergent ablation
  • Coronary angioplasty
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG)
  • Electrophysiology studies
  • Endovascular stent/blood vessel repair
  • Exercise stress tests
  • Hybrid ablation
  • Lead extraction
  • Left atrial appendage closure
  • Lipid management (cholesterol)
  • Mitral regurgitation clip
  • Non-invasive testing for vascular disease
  • Nuclear stress test
  • Pacemaker implants
  • Percutaneous coronary intervention
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Research studies
  • Tilt table test
  • Thoracic endovascular aortic repair
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement
  • Valve repair and replacement
  • Warfarin clinic

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