Physicians perform more heart procedures at Intermountain Healthcare hospitals than all other Utah hospitals combined.
As Utah's cardiac care leader, we're committed to the best in research and the most effective technology in fighting heart disease. Experience helps us know heart conditions in all their variations and leads to expertise in providing the most advanced treatment plans and better care options. Better heart technology with experienced clinicians leads to better clinical outcomes and faster recovery for our heart patients.
Artificial Heart Technology
Since 1993, the Artificial Heart Program (part of Intermountain Heart Institute at Intermountain Medical Center) has been diligently involved with the development of permanent therapies for heart failure patients who are ineligible for cardiac transplant. As a CMS approved center, the Artificial Heart Program successfully implants a mechanical heart pump called a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) in patients that do not meet heart transplant criteria. This program is one of only two approved centers in the Intermountain Region.
Stereotaxis Heart Catheterization
One of the newest, most exciting breakthroughs in cardiac technology is a procedure known as stereotaxis heart catheterization. By using stereotaxis technology, doctors can navigate catheters through the body using magnets. There are a very limited number of these systems available in the nation, and only one in the Intermountain West. You'll find it at Intermountain Heart Institute at Intermountain Medical Center.
Catheter-Based Heart Repair
For many years, physicians have been able to take images or place stents using a catheter. Now, physicians can perform more complex "catheter-based" therapies, including heart valve and defect repairs – treatments once thought possible only through open heart surgery. The Heart Valve and Structural Heart Disease Program (part of Intermountain Heart Institute at Intermountain Medical Center) is Utah’s leader in the research and development of these therapies.
Cardiac Magnetic Resonance
Magnetic resonance imaging (referred to as MRI or NMR) is a way to examine the heart. The human body is made up of many atoms, and when placed in a magnet, these atoms produce very weak signals. By using electronics and a computer, these signals can be magnified, recorded, and used to make pictures of the body. MRI pictures can give very clear images of the size of the heart chambers and blood flow to and from the heart. With special methods, the test can show the heart's pumping action and obtain information about blood flow.