About

Coronary artery disease can cause different symptoms and conditions depending on how severe it is. Patients can feel no symptoms, chest pain or even a heart attack. Because the disease is caused by a fatty build-up in the arteries around the heart, it can be prevented. Cardiologists can treat this condition in all its forms and help patients understand how to prevent it. Patients at the Cardiovascular Center will receive the best treatment from specialists who are also conducting cutting-edge research. This means the patient will receive the best care through the best techniques available.

Read about one treatment for coronary artery disease: percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).

Coronary Heart Disease

What are the coronary arteries?

Coronary arteries supply blood to the heart muscle. Like all other tissues in the body, the heart muscle needs oxygen-rich blood to function, and oxygen-depleted blood must be carried away. The coronary arteries run along the outside of the heart and have small branches that supply blood to the heart muscle.

What are the different coronary arteries?

The 2 main coronary arteries are the left main and right coronary arteries.

  • Left main coronary artery (LMCA). The left main coronary artery supplies blood to the left side of the heart muscle (the left ventricle and left atrium). The left main coronary artery divides into branches:

    • The left anterior descending artery branches off the left coronary artery and supplies blood to the front of the left side of the heart.

    • The circumflex artery branches off the left coronary artery and encircles the heart muscle. This artery supplies blood to the lateral side and back of the heart.

  • Right coronary artery (RCA). The right coronary artery supplies blood to the right ventricle, the right atrium, and the SA (sinoatrial) and AV (atrioventricular) nodes, which regulate the heart rhythm. The right coronary artery divides into smaller branches, including the right posterior descending artery and the acute marginal artery.

Additional smaller branches of the coronary arteries include the obtuse marginal (OM), septal perforator (SP), and diagonals.

Why are the coronary arteries important?

Since coronary arteries deliver blood to the heart muscle, any coronary artery disorder or disease can reduce the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the heart, which may lead to a heart attack and possibly death. Atherosclerosis is inflammation and a buildup of plaque in the inner lining of an artery causing it to narrow or become blocked. It is the most common cause of heart disease.

What is coronary artery disease?

Coronary heart disease, or coronary artery disease (CAD), is characterized by inflammation and the buildup of and fatty deposits along the innermost layer of the coronary arteries. The fatty deposits may develop in childhood and continue to thicken and enlarge throughout the life span. This thickening, called atherosclerosis, narrows the arteries and can decrease or block the flow of blood to the heart.

The American Heart Association estimates that over 16 million Americans suffer from coronary artery disease--the number one killer of both men and women in the U.S.

What are the risk factors for coronary artery disease?

Risk factors for CAD often include:

  • Smoking

  • High LDL cholesterol, high triglycerides levels, and low HDL cholesterol

  • High blood pressure (hypertension)

  • Physical inactivity

  • Obesity

  • High saturated fat diet

  • Diabetes

  • Family history

Controlling risk factors is the key to preventing illness and death from CAD.

What are the symptoms of coronary artery disease?

The symptoms of coronary heart disease will depend on the severity of the disease. Some people with CAD have no symptoms, some have episodes of mild chest pain or angina, and some have more severe chest pain.

If too little oxygenated blood reaches the heart, a person will experience chest pain called angina. When the blood supply is completely cut off, the result is a heart attack, and the heart muscle begins to die. Some people may have a heart attack and never recognize the symptoms. This is called a "silent" heart attack.

Symptoms of coronary artery disease include:

  • Heaviness, tightness, pressure, or pain in the chest behind the breastbone

  • Pain spreading to the arms, shoulders, jaw, neck, or back

  • Shortness of breath

  • Weakness and fatigue

How is coronary artery disease diagnosed?

In addition to a complete medical history and physical exam, tests for coronary artery disease may include the following:

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG). This test records the electrical activity of the heart, shows abnormal rhythms (arrhythmias), and detects heart muscle damage.

  • Stress test (also called treadmill or exercise ECG). This test is given while you walk on a treadmill to monitor the heart during exercise. Breathing and blood pressure rates are also monitored. A stress test may be used to detect coronary artery disease, or to determine safe levels of exercise after a heart attack or heart surgery. This can also be done while resting using special medicines that can synthetically place stress on the heart.

  • Cardiac catheterization. With this procedure, a wire is passed into the coronary arteries of the heart and  X-rays are taken after a contrast agent is injected into an artery. It's done to locate the narrowing, blockages, and other problems.

  • Nuclear scanning. Radioactive material is injected into a vein and then is observed using a camera as it is taken up by the heart muscle. This indicates the healthy and damaged areas of the heart.

Treatment for coronary heart disease

Treatment may include:

  • Modification of risk factors. Risk factors that you can change include smoking, high cholesterol levels, high blood glucose levels, lack of exercise, poor dietary habits, being overweight, and high blood pressure.

  • Medicines. Medicine that may be used to treat coronary artery disease include:

    • Antiplatelets. These decrease blood clotting. Aspirin, clopidogrel, ticlopidine, and prasugrel are examples of antiplatelets.

    • Antihyperlipidemics. These lower lipids (fats) in the blood, particularly low density lipid (LDL) cholesterol. Statins are a group of cholesterol-lowering medicines, and include simvastatin, atorvastatin, and pravastatin, among others. Bile acid sequestrants--colesevelam, cholestyramine and colestipol--and nicotinic acid (niacin) are other medicines used to reduce cholesterol levels.

    • Antihypertensives. These lower blood pressure. Several different groups of medicines work in different ways to lower blood pressure.

  • Coronary angioplasty. With this procedure, a balloon is used to create a bigger opening in the vessel to increase blood flow. Although angioplasty is done in other blood vessels elsewhere in the body, percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) refers to angioplasty in the coronary arteries to permit more blood flow into the heart. PCI is also called percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA). There are several types of PCI procedures, including:

    • Balloon angioplasty. A small balloon is inflated inside the blocked artery to open the blocked area.

    • Coronary artery stent. A tiny mesh coil is expanded inside the blocked artery to open the blocked area and is left in place to keep the artery open.

    • Atherectomy. The blocked area inside the artery is cut away by a tiny device on the end of a catheter.

    • Laser angioplasty. A laser used to "vaporize" the blockage in the artery.

  • Coronary artery bypass. Most commonly referred to as simply "bypass surgery" or CABG (pronounced "cabbage"), this surgery is often done in people who have chest pain (angina) and coronary artery disease. During the surgery, a bypass is created by grafting a piece of a vein above and below the blocked area of a coronary artery, enabling blood to flow around the blockage. Veins are usually taken from the leg, but arteries from the chest or arm may also be used to create a bypass graft. Sometimes, multiple bypasses may be needed to fully restore blood flow to all regions of the heart.

Cardiologists

Anu Abraham, M.D.

Anu Abraham, M.D., is an Associate Professor of Medicine with an appointment in the Cardiovascular Division at the University of Utah. Dr. Abraham has a wide clinical practice, but has specific interests in coronary disease, peripheral vascular disease, and structural heart disease. Her research interests focus on clinical outcomes of patients unde... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Peripheral Vascular Diseases

Locations:

A-Plus Urgent Care (801) 585-7676
Basin Clinic (801) 585-7676
University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 585-7676

Michael Adjei-Poku, M.D., M.P.H., FACC, FACP

Patient Rating:

4.8

4.8 out of 5

Dr. Adjei-Poku has a wide clinical practice but has specific interest in adult congenital heart disease. Dr. Adjei-Poku will be seeing patients at the University of Utah's South Jordan Health Center as well as the Cardiovascular Center at the University Hospital... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology

Locations:

South Jordan Health Center (801) 213-4500
Stansbury Health Center (435) 843-3096
University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 585-7676

Specialties:

Cardiology

Locations:

University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 585-7676

Bruce E. Bray, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.7

4.7 out of 5

Dr. Bray is a Professor in the Departments of Medicine (Cardiovascular) and Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Bray obtained a bachelor of science degree in biology and a medical degree from Loma Linda University. He completed an Internal Medicine Residency at Wright State University / Kettering Medical Center... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology, Echocardiography, Medical Informatics

Locations:

University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 585-7676
William B. Ririe Hospital & Rural Health Clinic (775) 289-3612

Anna B. Catino, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.7

4.7 out of 5

Dr. Anna Catino, M.D. has an appointment in Cardiovascular Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Utah School College of Medicine. She has been on faculty at the University of Utah since 2015 and serves as a clinical instructor and the Associate Program Director of the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program. Dr. Cat... Read More

Specialties:

Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Cardio-Oncology, Cardiology, Echocardiography, General Cardiology

Locations:

Redstone Health Center (801) 585-7676
University Hospital (801) 585-7676

Specialties:

Cardiology

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Specialties:

Cardiology

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Mihail G. Chelu, M.D., Ph.D., FHRS

Dr. Chelu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine. He obtained his undergraduate and master degrees in physics from Babes-Bolyai University and his medical degree from Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Cluj-Napoca. Subsequently, he joined Baylor College of Medicine in Houston for his doctoral degree. After compl... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiology

Locations:

Redwood Health Center (801) 213-9990
Stansbury Health Center (435) 843-3096
University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 585-7676

Stavros G. Drakos, M.D., Ph.D.

Patient Rating:

4.7

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Stavros G. Drakos, MD/PhD is an Associate Professor of Cardiology with Tenure, Medical Director of the Cardiac Mechanical Support Program and Investigator at the Molecular Medicine Program/Eccles Institute of Human Genetics, University of Utah.Medical Training (MD, PhD, Residency, Fellowships) - See Info in the Academic Profile tab.Post-training Cl... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiology, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant

Locations:

University Hospital
Heart Transplant Clinic
(801) 585-3693
University Hospital
Heart Failure Clinic
(801) 585-5122

James C. Fang, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.9

4.9 out of 5

James Chen-tson Fang, M.D., is the Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine and Director of the Cardiovascular Service Line at University of Utah Health Care. Dr. Fang, who specializes in treatment of patients with heart failure, most recently held the Spitz Master Clinician Chair at Case Western Reserve Univers... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiology, General Cardiology, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant

Locations:

Redstone Health Center (801) 585-7676
South Jordan Health Center (801) 585-7676
University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 585-7676

Roger A. Freedman, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.8

4.8 out of 5

Roger A. Freedman, M.D. has been a faculty member at the University of Utah for over 20 years. He specializes in the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias, particularly in the implantation and management of implanted pacemakers and defibrillators. Pacemaker and defibrillator lead extraction is a highly specialized technique in which Dr. Freedman is gre... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiology, Pacemaker and Defibrillator Implantation, Pacemaker and Defibrillator Lead Extraction

Locations:

Idaho Heart Institute (801) 585-1935
Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County (801) 585-7676
Star Valley Medical Center (801) 585-7676
University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 585-7676
William B. Ririe Hospital & Rural Health Clinic (801) 585-7676

Edward Michael Gilbert, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.7

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Edward Michael Gilbert, MD is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Gilbert received his medical degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. He completed his training in Internal Medicine and in Critical Care at Wayne State University. He completed his Cardiovascular Disease training at the University of U... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiology, Echocardiography, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant

Locations:

Billings Clinic (800) 332-7156
Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center (208) 367-4278
University Hospital
Heart Failure Clinic
(801) 587-2199
University Hospital
Heart Transplant Clinic
(801) 585-3693
Veterans Administration Medical Center (801) 584-1235

Frederick T. Han, FACC, M.D., FHRS

Patient Rating:

4.7

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Dr. Frederick Han is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine. Dr. Han strives to give excellent care to his patients by providing open communication and individualized treatment. He makes every effort to provide evidenced-based care while also striving to ensure patient satisfaction.He obtained his undergraduate and medical degrees fro... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiology

Locations:

Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County (801) 585-7676
South Jordan Health Center (801) 585-7676
University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 585-7676
William B. Ririe Hospital & Rural Health Clinic (801) 585-7676

Paul N. Hopkins, M.D., M.S.P.H., FNLA

Dr. Hopkins received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from UCLA in 1997 (Magna cum laude) followed by a Master of Science in Public Health in 1978 also from UCLA. His medical training was at the University of Utah School of Medicine and the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester Minnesota. He is board certified in Public Heal... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology

Locations:

Human Resources
Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Clinic
(801) 581-5533
University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 581-7715

Lillian L. Khor, M.B.B.Ch., M.Sc.

Patient Rating:

4.6

4.6 out of 5

Lillian Khor received a foreign medical degree, M.B.BCh., BAO degree (equivalent to M.D.) from the National University of Ireland in 1997. She concluded her foreign medical training with an internal medicine residency and moved here in 2000, and repeated her internal medicine Internship and Residency at the University of Utah from 2000-2003. She co... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology, Echocardiography, General Cardiology, Nuclear Medicine, Preventive Cardiology

Locations:

University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 585-7676

William A. Kutchera, M.D., FACC, M.S.

William A. Kutchera, M.D. FACC is a Cardiologist and Associate Professor at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah.  He is Board-Certified in Cardiovascular Diseases and Adult Comprehensive Echocardiography.  He serves as the Director of the Echocardiography Laboratory at University Hospital, is an Attending Physician on the inpatient Cardi... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology, Echocardiography, General Cardiology

Locations:

Basin Clinic (801) 585-7676
Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County (801) 585-7676
University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 585-7676
William B. Ririe Hospital & Rural Health Clinic (801) 585-7676

Dean Y. Li, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Li is Associate Vice President for Research and Chief Scientific Officer for University of Utah Health Sciences, and Vice Dean for Research for the School of Medicine. Dr. Li is responsible for oversight of the research enterprise in the health sciences, including development and realization of a strategic plan for research. As Chief Scientif... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology

Locations:

Veterans Administration Medical Center (801) 584-1235

Charles Y. Lui, M.D.

Dr. Lui is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah. Dr. Lui studied Chemistry at University of Nebraska and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. He subsequently obtained a Master’s of Science in Biochemistry and a medical degree from University of Nebraska. Dr. Lui completed an Internal Medicine Residency at University of Nebraska, and su... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Nassir F. Marrouche, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.6

4.6 out of 5

Dr. Marrouche has dedicated his career to developing innovative research and clinical practices to advance patient care, diagnosis and treatment of heart arrhythmias. In 2009, at the University of Utah, he created the Comprehensive Arrhythmia Research and Management Center (CARMA) bringing together a cross-departmental team of physicians, scientis... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Arrhythmia Management, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiology

Locations:

University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 585-7676

Thomas J. McGarry, M.D., Ph.D., FHRS

Dr. Thomas McGarry specializes in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology.  He has broad expertise in the ablation of ventricular tachycardia, as well as in the implantation and extraction of pacemakers and defibrillators.  His special interests are complex ablations, atypical atrial flutter, recurrent arrhythmias after ablation, and inherited arrhythmi... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Jack H. Morshedzadeh, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.7

4.7 out of 5

Jack Morshedzadeh. M.D., has appointments in the Division of Cardiology and in the Department of Radiology at the University of Utah. He serves as the Medical Director of the Cardiovascular Medicine Unit and Cardiac Critical Care Unit. He is also the Director of the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program. He has been on faculty at the Universit... Read More

Jose Nativi-Nicolau, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.6

4.6 out of 5

Dr. Nativi-Nicolau is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah and is the Cardiovascular Director of the Amyloidosis Program at the University of Utah and Huntsman Cancer Institute. He received his medical degree from University of Panama. Dr. Nativi-Nicolau completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Drexel University Colleg... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiology, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant

Locations:

Billings Clinic (800) 332-7156
Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center (208) 367-4278
University Hospital
Heart Transplant Clinic
(801) 585-3693
University Hospital
Heart Failure Clinic
(801) 587-2199
Veterans Administration Medical Center (801) 584-1235

Cory M.L. Nitzel, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.7

4.7 out of 5

Cory Nitzel M.D., has appointments in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and in the Department of Radiology at the University of Utah. He has been on faculty at the University of Utah since 2013. Dr. Nitzel graduated from Idaho State University with a BS in Microbiology in 2002. He received his medical degree from the University of Washington ... Read More

Theophilus Owan, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.8

4.8 out of 5

Dr. Owan is appointed to faculty as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine. His primary clinical affiliation is with interventional cardiology. His Intervetional Cardiology services involve diagnostic cardiac procedures, percutaneous coronary intervention and structural heart disease interventional procedures including repai... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology, Echocardiography, Hypertension, Interventional Cardiology

Locations:

Basin Clinic (801) 585-7676
Farmington Health Center (801) 585-7676
San Juan Clinic
San Juan Clinic
(801) 585-7676
University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 585-7676

Ravi Ranjan, M.D., Ph.D.

Patient Rating:

4.7

4.7 out of 5

Ravi Ranjan, M.D., Ph.D., is a cardiologist specializing in cardiac electrophysiology. His clinical interests include ablation of complex cardiac arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardias and supra-ventricular tachycardias. He also has keen interest in cardiac device based therapy like cardiac resynchronization therapy, ICDs an... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiology

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 585-7676

John J. Ryan, M.D., FACC, FAHA

Patient Rating:

4.9

4.9 out of 5

John J. Ryan MD, FACC, FAHA, has an appointment in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine. He has been on faculty at the University of Utah since 2013. Dr. Ryan is the co-director of the Dyspnea Clinic, a combined, multidisciplinary clinic between the University of Utah Divisio... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology, Dyspnea, Pulmonary Hypertension, Pulmonary Vascular Disease

Locations:

Blanding Family Practice (435) 678-3601
University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 585-7676

Rashmee U. Shah, M.D.

Rashmee U. Shah, MD MS has an appointment in Cardiovascular Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She has been on faculty at the University of Utah since 2014. Dr. Shah received her medical degree at the Tufts University School of Medicine, where she graduated with honors. She completed Inte... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Imaging, Cardiology, Computed Tomography - CT, Echocardiography

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Brigham R. Smith, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.7

4.7 out of 5

Dr. Brigham Smith is an Interventional Cardiologist with expertise and training in both intracoronary and structural cardiac procedures. Clinical interests and responsibilities include invasive management of acute heart attacks, invasive evaluation and management of heart failure, invasive assessment of valvular heart disease, coronary stent implan... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Valvular Heart Disease

Locations:

Castle Country Clinic (801) 585-7676
South Jordan Health Center (801) 585-7676
Uintah Basin Medical Center (801) 585-7676
University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 585-7676

Josef Stehlik, M.D., M.P.H.

Patient Rating:

4.6

4.6 out of 5

Josef Stehlik, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Stehlik has received his medical degree from Charles University in Prague and Masters in Public Health degree from Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his training in Internal Medicine and in Cardiovascular Diseases at Allegheny ... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiology, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant

Locations:

Billings Clinic (800) 332-7156
Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center (208) 367-4278
University Hospital
Heart Failure Clinic
(801) 587-2199
University Hospital
Heart Transplant Clinic
(801) 585-3693
Veterans Administration Medical Center (801) 584-1235

Anwar Tandar, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.7

4.7 out of 5

Anwar Tandar, M.D., is an Associate Professor of Medicine with an appointment in the Cardiology Division at the University of Utah. He has been on faculty at the University of Utah since 2011and is the Co-Director of the Valve Clinic Program and the TAVR Program. He received his medical degree from Sriwijaya University in Indonesia in 1994. He comp... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Valvular Heart Disease

Locations:

Blanding Family Practice (801) 585-7676
Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County
Cardiovascular Clinic
(801) 585-7676
University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 585-7676

Jerry D. Walker, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.7

4.7 out of 5

Jerry D. Walker, M.D., has appointments in both Division of Cardiology and the Department of Radiology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He has been on faculty since 2010 and oversees the University Redwood Cardiology Clinic in Salt Lake City, Utah and has developed the University Cardiology Practice at Memorial Hospital at Sweetwater C... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Imaging, Cardiology, Echocardiography, General Cardiology, Nuclear Medicine

Locations:

Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County
Cardiovascular Clinic
(307) 362-3711
Redwood Health Center (801) 213-9990

T. Scott Wall, M.D.

Dr. Wall is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah. He received a Bachelor of Science in Physics from University of Texas at Austin and received his medical degree from University of Texas Southwestern. Dr. Wall completed his Internal Medicine Residency at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill where he proceeded to complete... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiology

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Frederick G. Welt, M.D.

Frederick Welt, M.D. is Associate Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine and Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. He is a professor of medicine and member of the Interventional Cardiology faculty.Dr. Welt most recently served as the Director of Interventional Cardiology at Brigham and Women's Ho... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVI or TAVR), Valvular Heart Disease

Locations:

Basin Clinic (801) 585-7676
Evanston Regional Hospital
Cardiovascular Outreach Care
(801) 585-7676
University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 585-7676

Omar Wever-Pinzon, M.D.

Dr. Wever-Pinzon is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah. He received his medical degree from the University of Panama. Dr. Wever-Pinzon completed his Internal Medicine Residency, followed by a fellowship in Advanced Cardiac Imaging at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center-University Hospital of Columbia University College of... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Imaging, Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiology, Echocardiography, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant, Nuclear Cardiology

Locations:

University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 587-2199
Veterans Administration Medical Center (801) 584-1235

Kevin J. Whitehead, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.8

4.8 out of 5

Kevin Whitehead, MD is an Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Utah, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatric Cardiology at Primary Children's Medical Center. He also is an Attending Physician at the George E. Wahlen Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He is co-director of the Utah Adult Congenital Heart Disease cent... Read More

Specialties:

Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Cardiology, Echocardiography, Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia

Locations:

Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center (208) 367-2121
University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 585-7676
University Hospital
HHT Center
(801) 581-8188
University Hospital
Utah Adult Congential Heart Clinic
(801) 585-7676
William B. Ririe Hospital & Rural Health Clinic (775) 289-3612

Brent D. Wilson, M.D., Ph.D.

Patient Rating:

4.8

4.8 out of 5

Brent D. Wilson, M.D., Ph.D., has appointments in the Division of Cardiology and in the Department of Radiology at the University of Utah. He serves as Director of the Cardiovascular Center, Director of the Echocardiography Laboratory, and Director of Cardiology Clinical services. He has been on faculty at the University of Utah since 2006. Dr. W... Read More

Shane Beeton, APRN

Shane Beeton, APRN, is a board certified family nurse practitioner in the department of Cardiology practicing in the Faint and Fall Clinic. His interests are helping people manage dizziness, fainting, falling, and frailty and treating and educating them to help prevent long term problems and provide the safest possible lifestyle. Shane received hi... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology, Faint, Fall, & Frailty, Nurse Practitioner

Locations:

University Hospital
Interventional Cardiology
University Hospital (801) 585-7676

Danielle N. Brown, APRN

Danielle has been practicing in the department of Cardiology as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) since 2011. She began her career in the Faint and Fall Clinic, where she practiced for over a year working closely with a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals who specialized in faints and falls to quickly diagnose and treat the underlying cause... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology, Nurse Practitioner

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 587-9333

William Cho, PA-C

William is a board certified Physician Assistant who joins our Electrophysiology team from New York City. His previous experience includes working in Cardiac Electrophysiology at Lenox Hill Hospital and New York Methodist Hospital. His interests include management and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias, cardiac device troubleshooting, 1st assisting... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology, Physician Assistant

Locations:

University Hospital
Interventional Cardiology
University Hospital (801) 585-7676

Lynette Evans, APRN, B.S.N.

Lynette Evans, APRN, FNP-BC is an ANCC board certified family nurse practitioner working primarily with heart failure and transplant patients at the University of Utah Medical Center. In addition to managing complications related to heart failure, she is involved in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of other cardiac pathologies. Lynette is ... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant

Locations:

University Hospital
Heart Transplant Clinic
(801) 585-3693
University Hospital
Heart Failure Clinic
(801) 585-5122
University Hospital
Interventional Cardiology

Jacob Fetzer, PA-C

Jake Fetzer PA-C, MPAS is a board certified Physician Assistant working primarily with heart failure and transplant patients at the University of Utah Medical Center. In addition to managing complications related to heart failure, he is involved in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of other cardiac pathologies. He has enjoyed living in Utah the... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant, Physician Assistant

Locations:

University Hospital
Interventional Cardiology
University Hospital
Heart Transplant Clinic
(801) 585-3693
University Hospital
Heart Failure Clinic
(801) 585-5122

Brenda I. Fish, APRN, CCDS, M.S.N.

Brenda Fish, APRN, is a nurse Practitioner in Cardiology, specializing in arrhythmias and devices such as pacemakers, implantable defibrillators. She is licensed to practice in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Nevada and participated in our Outreach clinics in these states. Brenda received her undergraduate and advanced degrees from the University of Ut... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiology, Nurse Practitioner

Locations:

East Falls Orthopaedics Clinic (801) 585-1935
Idaho Heart Institute (801) 585-1935
University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 585-7676

Specialties:

Cardiology

Locations:

University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center

Alexander Gouttsoul, PA-C

Alexander Gouttsoul, PA-C, is a Board-Certified Physician Assistant at the University of Utah Medical Center in inpatient, outpatient, and outreach services in Cardiology, Electrophysiology with additional interests in Congestive Heart Failure and international health. Alexander received his undergraduate degree in Health Promotion And Education (E... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology, Physician Assistant

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 585-7676

Paulina K. Gudgell, M.S.N., APRN, ACNP-BC

Paulina Gudgell, MSN, APRN, ACNP-BC has been practicing in the department of Cardiology as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) since 2010. She began practicing in the specialty of Cardiac Electrophysiology, where she practiced for 1.5 years treating patients with a variety of atrial and ventricular arrhythmias, with a special focus on atrial fibrillation, al... Read More

Specialties:

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiology, General Cardiology, Preventive Cardiology

Locations:

Redwood Health Center
University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 587-5888

Terri M. Hancock, DNP, ACNP-BC

Terri Hancock, DNP, ACNP-BC, is a board certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Utah. As a Cardiothoracic Surgery Nurse Practitioner, Terri is interested in evaluating and improving the overall quality of care and clinical efficiency of cardiac and pulmonary surgery from the initial p... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology, Nurse Practitioner

Locations:

South Jordan Health Center

Kira D. Johnson, PA-C

Kira Johnson is a Board Certified Physician Assistant who joins the University of Utah Electrophysiology Team with over 10 years of cardiology experience. Her interests include both inpatient and outpatient care, pacemakers/defibrillators, and 1st assisting with EP procedures in the lab.  Kira completed her undergraduate studies at Pacific Lutheran... Read More

Caroline C. Keeney, B.A., BSN, DNP, NP-C

Professional APRN Clinical Experience: University of Utah Hospitals & Clinics, Salt Lake City, Utah: • General Cardiology, Nurse Practitioner. January 9, 2012 - Present • Palliative Care Service, Nurse Practitioner, June 1, 2011 - January 6, 2011 Professional Nursing Experience University of Utah Hospitals & Clinics, Salt Lake City, Utah: ... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology, Family Nurse Practitioner

Locations:

University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 585-7676

Jacqueline M. Lunt, PA-C

Jacqueline Lunt, PA-C, is a Physician Assistant in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Originating from the plains of Texas, she initially ventured up north for her undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University. There, she majored in Microbiology with a minor in ... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology

Locations:

Blanding Family Practice (435) 678-3601
University Hospital (801) 585-7676
University Hospital
Interventional Cardiology

Erin S. Michaelis, APRN

Erin Michaelis, AGACNP is an Advanced Practice Clinician at the University of Utah School Of Medicine. She grew up in Southern California before completing her undergraduate education with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing at California State University, San Bernardino. She practiced for 15 years before attending University of California, Los Angel... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology, Dyspnea, Pulmonary Hypertension, Pulmonary Vascular Disease

Locations:

University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 585-7676

Specialties:

Cardiology, Family Nurse Practitioner, General Cardiology, Heart Failure, Interventional Cardiology, Valvular Heart Disease

Locations:

Redstone Health Center (801) 585-7676
Uintah Basin Medical Center (801) 585-7676
University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 585-7676
University Hospital
Interventional Cardiology

Specialties:

Cardiology

Locations:

San Juan Clinic
San Juan Clinic
(801) 585-7676
University Hospital
Interventional Cardiology

Nancy M. Veit, APRN

Nancy M. Veit, FNP BC is a nurse practitioner in the Adult Congenital Cardiology Clinic at the University of Utah. As a cardiology nurse practitioner her clinical interests include interventional cardiology, electrophysiology and congenital cardiology. Nancy received her undergraduate degree in nursing from the University of Utah. She recieved her ... Read More

Jill Stratford Waldron, M.S., APRN

Jill Stratford Waldron, graduated from the University of Utah, with her Masters of Science in Nursing, and a Masters Certificate in gerontology. She is a board certified Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP) and gerontologist, with over 15 years of experience in cardiology and 5+ years in teaching undergraduate nursing students. She previously... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology, Geriatrics, Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant, Nurse Practitioner

Locations:

University Hospital
Heart Failure Clinic
(801) 585-5122
University Hospital
Heart Transplant Clinic
(801) 585-3693

Laura C. Weber, APRN

Laura Weber, DNP, NP-C is a board certified nurse practitioner at the University of Utah, in the Division of Cardiology. She earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Utah in 2015. Her clinical interests include the management of cardiac arrhythmias and implantable cardiac devices. She is dedicated to providing excel... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology

Locations:

University Hospital

Brittany Zobell, P.A.

Brittany Zobell, PA-C is a board certified Physician Assistant with ten years of general cardiology experience.  She works in the Electrophysiology section in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Utah, assessing and treating atrial and ventricular arrhythmias with an emphasis in atrial fibrillation.Originally from Louisiana,... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology, Physician Assistant

Locations:

University Hospital
Interventional Cardiology

Locations

University Campus
University Hospital
50 N Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
Map
(801) 581-2121

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