The Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center provides quality, patient-focused specialized care to critically ill adult patients using a collaborative multidisciplinary approach. Those typically cared for in the Cardiovascular ICU include those with life-threatening cardiovascular conditions, those who have undergone high-risk therapeutic interventions or those who have recently undergone high-risk cardiovascular surgical procedures.
Located on the second floor of Utah Valley Regional Medical Center’s West Building, the 17-bed unit is fully staffed at all times with specialized nurses and care providers who can promptly detect emergency conditions and the specific needs of patients. The unit houses some of the most advanced equipment to best monitor and treat critically ill patients, promoting an environment of quick recovery.
In order to prioritize care for patients undergoing treatment in the Intensive Care Unit, visitors are kept to a minimum and are limited to immediate family members only. Visiting hours are open daily except during the hours from 5 to 7 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Those planning to visit patients should be prepared to show proper identification and check in with the nursing staff before entering patient rooms.
Services Available in the Cardiovascular ICU
Transesophageal Echo (TEE)
During the transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) test, an ultrasound transducer (which produces high frequency sound waves) provides pictures of the heart's valves and chambers and helps the physician evaluate the pumping action of the heart.
The ultrasound transducer is positioned on an endoscope (a long, thin, flexible instrument about 1/2 inch in diameter). The endoscope is placed into your mouth and passed into your esophagus (the "food pipe" leading from your mouth into your stomach) to provide a close look at your heart's valves and chambers without interference from the ribs or lungs.
TEE is often combined with Doppler ultrasound and color Doppler to evaluate blood flow across the heart’s valves. TEE is often used when the results from standard echo studies were not sufficient or when your doctor wants a closer look at your heart. Learn more.
Ventricular Assist Devices
A ventricular assist device is a battery-operated, mechanical pump-type device that's surgically implanted. It helps maintain the pumping ability of a heart that can't effectively work on its own. Learn more.