Utah Valley Regional Medical Center offers a wide spectrum of cardiovascular surgical services to meet the community’s needs. Performing more than 250 bypass surgeries each year, the Utah Valley Heart and Vascular Services team offers a coordinated approach with highly skilled doctors, physician assistants, nurses, respiratory and exercise therapists, dieticians and social workers.
Heart surgery, at times, is the only way to re-establish blood flow to the heart or replace worn valves or critical vessels around the heart. The cardiovascular surgical team at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center performs these critical procedures in specialized cardiothoracic surgical suites. To ensure the best possible care is provided, the team utilizes the latest research and most advanced technology available to help them administer patient-specific treatment. The center has achieved excellent outcomes with a success rate for coronary artery bypass surgery that is among the highest in the country.
During open heart surgery, replacement veins are often used to repair or bypass damaged ones around the patient’s heart. In most cases, these replacement veins are taken from the patient’s leg. Traditionally, this saphenous vein was removed through an incision that ran the entire length of a person’s leg. Now, that vein is removed through a one-inch incision using a scope – a procedure called endoscopic vein harvesting (EVH). This advancement means fewer stitches, less chance for infection, less pain and a faster recovery. The center’s three cardiothoracic surgeons all use this method during surgery, except when complications arise.
Services Available in Cardiovascular Surgery
Some echocardiograms are enhanced with 3D technology so that the doctor can see a three-dimensional picture and manipulate it to see the heart from multiple angles. This imaging is done as part of either a transthoracic or transesophageal echocardiogram. Learn more.
Aortic Aneurysm Repair
An aneurysm is an enlarged and weakened section of an artery. In some cases, open heart surgery can repair an aneurysm (a bulging, weakened area) in the heart muscle or aorta. Learn more.
Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) and Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) Closure
Some patients with a hole between the two upper chambers of the heart (ASD, PFO) have clinical symptoms that warrant closure of the hole. This can be accomplished either by open heart surgery or by a cardiac cath lab procedure. Learn more.
Carotid endarterectomy, or CEA, is surgery to remove plaque from the carotid arteries. These are the two large arteries on each side of your neck. They supply oxygen-rich blood to your brain. Learn more.
Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)
During a coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), blood flow is rerouted through a new artery or vein that is grafted around diseased sections of your coronary arteries to increase blood flow to the heart muscle tissue. A bypass typically requires open-chest surgery and the use of a heart-lung bypass machine to circulate the blood and add oxygen. Learn more.
Heart Defect Repairs
The term "heart defect" often refers to an abnormal opening in the wall (septum) that divides the two upper or two lower chambers of the heart. Such defects don't always require treatment. When they do, sometimes medication will effectively treat the symptoms. In other cases, a procedure may be used to repair the hole in the heart wall. Learn more.
Heart Rhythm Treatment (Maze)
Heart Rhythm Treatment (Maze) a surgical procedure that cures atrial fibrillation by interrupting the electrical impulses that cause the abnormal heart rhythm. The surgery involves the placement of incisions in both atria. When the incisions heal, scar tissue forms and prevents the abnormal electrical impulses from passing through the heart. Learn more.
Heart Valve Repair/Replacement
If the heart valves have been damaged or diseased, they may fail to open and close correctly. This places extra strain on the heart muscle. Heart valve surgery is used to repair or replace diseased heart valves. 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.