Intermountain Heart Institute at Intermountain Medical Center

(801) 507-4701Map5121 S. Cottonwood StreetMurray, UT 84107

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Aortic Disease Center
(801) 507-ICAD
Toll Free
(855) 507-ICAD

Clinic Location:

Intermountain Heart Institute at
Intermountain Medical Center
5121 S. Cottonwood Street
(5300 S. and State Street)
Building #4 - Heart & Lung Center, Lower Level 1
Murray, UT 84107
Phone: (801) 507-4000
Fax: (801) 507-4811

Appointment Times:

  • Thursday: 1:00PM - 4:00PM

What to Expect

In our clinic, we bring a combined staff of providers to our patients so that they may address many different concerns in just one visit, including medical signs and symptoms, social needs and emotional support, and financial challenges related to the cost of care..

Evaluations

We can usually complete a full evaluation in only one or two visits, which is especially convenient for individuals and families traveling from a distance. This includes evaluations for advanced therapies such as endovascular repairs or hybrid procedures, which require multiple provider consults and tests. We also offer shorter, follow-up visits for patients followed on a regular basis.

Consults

At the Aortic Center, you will meet a diverse medical team with strong backgrounds in multiple specialties. During your visit, you will meet with one or more of the following physicians, along with a physician's assistant or nurse practitioner. Your medical history and current health will be reviewed, and a physical exam will be performed. At the end of your visit a treatment plan will be discussed (see below).

  • Cardiothoracic Surgeon:
    Individuals being evaluated for aortic problems within the chest will meet with a cardiac surgeon. This surgeon will evaluate the patient's candidacy for surgery and review the details of the procedure.
  • Vascular Surgeon:
    Individuals being evaluated for aortic problems in the abdomen will meet with a vascular surgeon. This surgeon will also evaluate the patient's candidacy for surgery and review the details of the procedure.
  • Interventional Radiologist:
    Individuals that have aortic problems that are best treated without open surgery will also meet with an interventional radiologist. This physician will explain the less-invasive options for treatment.
  • Cardiologist:
    Individuals being evaluated for any type of aortic problem will usually need to be evaluated for other associated cardiovascular diseases. The cardiologist will describe the other potential problems, including possible familial or genetic causes for the aortic disease.

Tests

  • Echocardiogram:
    An echocardiogram ("echo" for short) is a cardiac ultrasound that helps assess the condition of your heart. Some patients with aortic disease may also have valvular heart disease, and echocardiography can detect any structural problems with the heart walls and valves.
  • CT Scan:
    A CT scan is a rapid method of evaluating the entire aorta for aneurysm growth or change. Comparison of CT scans performed over certain time intervals helps the physicians determine the optimal time to consider surgery or other procedures to treat the aorta.
  • Stress Testing:
    This exercise test is performed on a treadmill or stationary bike and will assess your physical endurance and cardiac performance. The test helps determine whether your exercise limitations are due to problems with your heart, your lungs, or from being out of shape.
  • Angiogram:
    This procedure is performed to assess pressures in the heart and aorta and also to examine the aortic anatomy. Local anesthesia is used to numb the skin and a catheter is placed in the artery in the groin. Dye is injected to show the aorta and its branches.

Recommendations and Treatment Plan

After each visit, you will be given recommendations and a treatment plan will be outlined. Your next follow-up appointment and any necessary scans will be scheduled. For patients being evaluated for advanced therapies, a final recommendation will be provided after our monthly multidisciplinary team meeting.

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