Heart and vascular surgeons in Salt Lake City, Utah
If you have heart or vascular problems, MountainStar Medical Group's highly trained cardiologists can help. They are experienced in diagnosing and treating a wide variety of cardiovascular conditions, including coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure and cardiac arrhythmias.
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Heart and vein diagnostics
We provide many advanced diagnostic procedures, including:
- 3D and 4D intravascular ultrasound
- Ambulatory monitoring
- Ankle-brachial indexing
- Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Cardiac positron emission tomography (PET)
- Chest X-ray
- Computerized tomography (CT) angiography
- Coronary calcium scan
- 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
Heart and vascular procedures we offer
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 the following procedures:
Our heart specialists are the first in Utah to help patients with persistent, long-standing atrial fibrillation (AFib) with convergent and hybrid ablations. If you have an arrhythmia that's difficult to treat, we offer two innovative procedures that may help even the most complex arrhythmias:
Convergent ablation uses the most advanced heart-mapping technologies available. Our doctors offer this via a unique partnership approach to improve the lives of patients with this difficult-to-treat arrhythmia. It's a faster and less invasive option than some other treatments, which results in a shorter stay in the hospital and quicker recovery time
Hybrid ablation is a minimally invasive procedure involving a surgical ablation and a catheter ablation performed over the course of a few days. This advanced approach restores the heart’s normal rhythm, often when other types of treatment have failed.
We implant cardiac devices into the heart to monitor and manage heart issues. These tiny devices can help do the work of your heart's natural processes like maintaining a normal rhythm or pumping blood to the rest of the body. We provide innovative devices as a minimally invasive option for heart care, including:
Heart rhythm devices
These devices monitor and adjust the heart rhythm and help the heart work correctly. We offer:
- Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs)—devices that constantly monitor and shock the heart back into a regular rhythm, as needed
- Subcutaneous ICDs (S-ICDs)—less invasive devices that monitor and regulate heart rhythm
- Pacemakers—devices that send electrical signals to the heart to restore a regular rhythm
- Laser lead wire extraction and replacement—procedure to repair maintenance devices in the case of infection or malfunction
Heart failure devices
Other devices can be used to manage heart failure by monitoring artery pressure or helping the heart muscle pump blood to the rest of the body. We offer:
- Ventricular assist devices—help the weakened heart chamber
- Other devices—that wirelessly monitor artery pressure in patients with heart failure
Heart valve disorders
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.
Left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) implantation
A LAAC procedure is another treatment we offer for AFib. It's done by implanting a device in the left atrial appendage of the heart. This permanently closes off the small pouch, keeping blood clots from entering the bloodstream. By closing off the left atrial appendage through the LAAC device, stroke risk is significantly decreased, and, over time, patients may be able to stop taking blood thinners. Other benefits of this procedure include that it doesn't require open-heart surgery and never needs to be replaced.
Mini-maze surgery uses ablation to fix any nerve clusters that may cause the heart to misfire and cause irregular heartbeats. The resulting scar tissue blocks erratic electrical impulses. Those that normally regulate heartbeats are transmitted through the new “maze” and a more regular rhythm is established. Although it is the newest AFib treatment option, we are practiced at performing the mini-maze surgery to restore the heart’s normal rhythm—permanently, in many cases, and without major surgery.
Mitral regurgitation treatment
The mitral valve controls blood flow from the left upper chamber into the left lower chamber of the heart. If the valve is diseased, it can leak blood back into the heart. This common condition is called "mitral regurgitation." 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
PVD can refer to any blockage or narrowing of the peripheral blood vessels—meaning an artery or vein outside of the heart or brain. It's most common in the legs, but can happen in any peripheral blood vessel.
Our specialists use the latest technology and procedures to treat PVD with as little disruption to the patient as possible. They use minimally invasive procedures to remove plaque, fatty deposits and blood clots while inserting stents for reinforcement. If necessary, they can also perform traditional bypass surgery.
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
If the aortic valve in the heart narrows (aortic stenosis) or loses function, a valve replacement is necessary. Rather than performing traditional open-heart surgery, we offer TAVR as a minimally invasive approach to deliver a new valve within the diseased valve through a catheter.
Transmyocardial revascularization (TMR)
TMR is an innovative, clinically proven option for angina (chest pain) sufferers. We offer it as a safe and effective treatment that reduces severe angina and improves the quality of life for patients with advanced coronary artery disease.
Our procedure to eliminate varicose veins improves blood flow by sealing or closing the diseased vein. The only needle stick you patients receive is one for numbing medicine. By eliminating heat and compression stockings, patients treated with this system experience less pain and bruising and have faster recovery times.
Other cardiovascular services
Other procedures and services we provide include:
- Atherosclerosis atherectomy
- Atherosclerosis endarterectomy
- Biventricular implantable cardioverter defibrillator
- Cardiac catheterization
- Cardiac closure devices for atrial septal defect (ASD) and patent foramen ovale (PFO)
- Cardioverter defibrillator
- Carotid endarterectomy
- Carotid stenting
- Catheter ablation
- Coronary angioplasty
- Coronary artery bypass surgery
- Endovascular stent/blood vessel repair
- Lead extraction
- Lipid management (cholesterol)
- Pacemaker implants
- Percutaneous coronary intervention
- Thoracic endovascular aortic repair
- Valve repair and replacement
- Warfarin clinic