Heart Advancements

Intermountain Healthcare is at the forefront in researching new techniques and technologies in fighting heart disease, making it one of the nation's most respected heart care organizations.

Intermountain Researchers Part of International Team to Discover 13 New Heart Disease Genes

Initially, there were 10 genes known to be related to heart disease. Intermountain Healthcare researchers have been part of an international team that has discovered an additional 13.

Fasting Can Actually Help Your Heart

Regular fasting may be good for your heart. That’s the finding of a new study from Intermountain Healthcare doctors who looked at the relationship between periodic fasting and cardiovascular disease. The researchers interviewed 200 patients who were undergoing a diagnostic test called angiography, an X-ray exam of the blood vessels and heart chambers that can determine if a person has coronary heart disease. They found that those who fasted regularly were less likely to be diagnosed with heart problems.

Replacing Heart Valves via Catheter

Recovery from open heart surgery can be difficult. But now, in certain conditions, doctors can replace a heart valve via catheter, making recovery much easier.

Improved Heart Health Linked to Reduced Alzheimer’s Risk

Using data from thousands of past patients, Intermountain researchers have discovered a link between heart health and Alzheimer’s.

New Heart Technology Delivers Improved Results

A new magnetic catheter opens up possibilities for heart patients, allowing our heart experts to perform a procedure never before done in the United States: inserting a heart pump during an arrhythmia procedure.

Saving Lives Through Patient Education

There is widespread evidence to show that heart failure medications and devices can improve survival, but results from a new study show that providing patient education is just as important.

Too Much Vitamin D Can Hurt Your Heart

While previous studies have linked vitamin D deficiency to an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, new research at the Heart Institute at Intermountain Medical Center shows that too much vitamin D can lead to the onset of a dangerous heart condition known as atrial fibrillation. The study compares more than 132,000 patients and found the risk of developing atrial fibrillation was two and a half times greater in those with excess levels of vitamin D compared to patients with normal levels.