About

If you have difficulty catching your breath, feel intense tightening in your chest or like you are suffocating, you are suffering from dyspnea. Dyspnea is one of the symptoms of heart disease, specifically heart failure or a heart attack. You can feel shortness of breath just once or in episodes that happen repeatedly. Dyspnea can also be caused by high-intensity exercise, very high or low temperatures, massive obesity, or high altitude. If it happens very suddenly however and feels very severe, you should see your doctor as soon as possible.

Conditions that may cause dyspnea:

The Dyspnea Clinic

University of Utah Health Care has a clinic specifically for shortness of breath or dyspnea. The Dyspnea Clinic is a unique program, first of it’s kind in the Western United States, and serves as a referral location for unexplained shortness of breath, pulmonary hypertension, and HFpEF for the University of Utah community and beyond.

For appointments or more information, please email john.ryan@hsc.utah.edu or nathan.hatton@hsc.utah.edu.

Cardiologists

David A. Bull, M.D.

David Bull, MD, is a member of the Thoracic Oncology Program, a joint effort between Huntsman Cancer Institute and the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics. The program was developed to offer consultation, diagnosis, and treatment for all chest cancers. Bull is a professor in the Department of Surgery, Divis... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Coronary Revascularization, Esophageal Surgery, Heart Transplant, Lung Cancer, Lung Transplant, Valvular Heart Disease

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 581-5311

Phillip T. Burch, M.D.

Dr. Burch performs repairs for a wide variety of congenital cardaic anomalies. In additon to clinical responsibilities, Dr. Burch has research interests in single ventricle physiology as well as in derangements in normal neonatal metabolism caused by cardiac surgery.... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic Surgery, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery

Locations:

Primary Children's Hospital (801) 662-5577

Shamus R. Carr, M.D., FACS

Shamus R. Carr, MD, FACS, has a strong interest in minimally invasive approaches to thoracic diseases of the lung and esophagus. He performs both flexible and rigid bronchoscopy for tumors of the airway. He is the only surgeon in the greater Salt Lake area that routinely does video-assisted thoracoscopic lobecto... Read More

Specialties:

Barrett's Esophagus, Bronchoscopy surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Esophageal Diseases, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Lung Cancer, Minimally Invasive Gastrointestinal Surgery, Therapeutic Endoscopy

Locations:

Huntsman Cancer Hospital (801) 587-4470
University Hospital (801) 581-5311

Aaron W. Eckhauser, M.D., M.S.C.I

I joined the University of Utah, Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery in 2012. I am board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. My clinical interests are focused on caring for all patients, from neonates to adults, with congenital heart defects. I have ... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Heart Transplant, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Ganesh S. Kumpati, M.D.

Dr Kumpati performs adult cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, and vascular surgery. Dr Kumpati has significant experience in both surgical and endovascular management of aortic disease, including endovascular aneurysm repair. Prior to joining the University of Utah in August 2011, Dr Kumpati was in private prac... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 581-5311
Veterans Administration Medical Center (801) 582-1565

Stephen McKellar, M.D., M.Sc.

Dr. McKellar is a native of Salt Lake City and received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Utah and his Doctor of Medicine from the George Washington University School of Medicine. He completed his General Surgical and Cardiothoracic Surgical training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in a com... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Coronary Revascularization, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant, Lung Transplant, Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery, Minimally Invasive Lung & Esophageal Surgery, Valvular Heart Disease

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Amit N. Patel, M.D., B.S., M.S.

Amit Patel, MD, MS, is an associate professor in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Utah School of Medicine and Director of Clinical Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering at the University of Utah. His clinical interests include heart surgery for coronary disease, valve repair and... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic Surgery, Heart Failure, Heart Stem Cell Therapy, Heart Transplant, Lung Transplant, Valvular Heart Disease

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 587-7946

Craig H. Selzman, M.D.

Dr. Craig Selzman is an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Utah who specializes in the care of patients requiring heart surgery. He earned his undergraduate degree at Amherst College and medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine. He received his Gener... Read More

Specialties:

Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Coronary Revascularization, Heart Failure, Heart Stem Cell Therapy, Heart Transplant, Lung Transplant, Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery, Surgical Ventricular Restoration, Valvular Heart Disease

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 587-9348

Zara U. Amoros, APRN, ACNP

Zara has been practicing as an Cardiology Nurse Practitioner (NP) since 2011. She started with Electrophysiology specialty where she practiced for about 9 months caring for patients with heart rhythm abnormality and then transitioned to General Cardiology caring for patients with more broad spectrum cardiac prob... Read More

Specialties:

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

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 581-2121

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.

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Specialties:

Cardiology, Physician Assistant

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 585-7676

Jacqueline Cummings, PA-C

Jacqueline Cummings, PA-C, is the newest addition to the Cardiac Electrophysiology team at the University of Utah. 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 Humanities, and sub... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology

Locations:

Blanding Family Practice (435) 678-3601
Redwood Health Center
South Jordan Health Center
Stansbury Health Center
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 ot... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 585-5122
University Hospital (801) 585-3693

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 pathologie... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant, Physician Assistant

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 585-5122
University Hospital (801) 585-3693

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.
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Specialties:

Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiology, Nurse Practitioner

Locations:

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

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.
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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 spe... Read More

Specialties:

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

Locations:

Redwood Health Center
University Hospital (801) 587-5888

Sara Hamele, APRN

Sara Hamele, APRN, is a nurse practitioner in the department of Cardiology with a focus on electrophysiology. Her interests include the treatment and management of cardiac arrhythmia patients, including pacemakers and defibrillators.

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Specialties:

Cardiology

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 585-7676

Tawni Lynn Jetter, N.P., APRN

Tawni Jetter, APRN, is a nurse practitioner at the Faint and Fall Clinic located in the University Hospital. As a nurse practitioner, her clinical interests include fainting, falling, orthostatic hypotension, passing out, autonomic dysfunction, and arrhythmias. Tawni has been able to present multiple research... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology, Faint and Fall, Geriatrics

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 213-2033

LeeAnn S. Kanamu, APRN

LeeAnn W. S. Kanamu, ACNP, APRN, is a Nurse Practitioner at the University of Utah, Division of Cardiology. As a Cardiac electrophysiology nurse practitioner, her academic interests include treatment modalities for cardiac arrhythmias; including Atrial fibrillation, other atrial arrhythmias, and ventricular arrh... Read More

Specialties:

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiology

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 581-2121

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
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Specialties:

Cardiology, Family Nurse Practitioner

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 585-7676

Specialties:

Cardiology

Locations:

San Juan Clinic (801) 585-7676

Nancy M. Veit, APRN

Nancy M. Viet, APRN, M.S.N. is a nurse practitioner in the Interventional Cardiology Clinic at the University of Utah. As a cardiology nurse practitioner her clinical interests include interventional cardiology, electrophysiology and congenital cardiology. She is licensed to practice in Utah and Wyoming.
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Specialties:

Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Nurse Practitioner

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

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 undergradu... Read More

Specialties:

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

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 585-3693
University Hospital (801) 585-5122

Jessiciah Windfelder, APRN

Jessiciah Windfelder, ACNP, APRN, is a Nurse Practitioner at the University of Utah, Division of Cardiology as the coordinator of the Atrial Fibrillation Program. As a Cardiac electrophysiology nurse practitioner, her clinical interests include the treatment and management of cardiac arrhythmia patients, includi... Read More

Specialties:

Adult Nurse Practitioner, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiology

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 581-2121

Locations

University Campus
University Hospital
50 N Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
Map
(801) 581-2121
Primary Children's Hospital
100 N Mario Capecchi Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
(801) 662-1000