About

Valvular heart disease occurs when your heart's valves do not work correctly. This causes the heart muscle to work harder in order to circulate the right amount of blood through the body. Valve disease can eventually lead to congestive heart failure or CHF. The cardiologists at the Cardiovascular Center offer a range of treatment options. Whichever specialist you choose to work with, they will walk you through their recommended treatment.

Valve Repair Treatments

Some of the surgical treatment options your specialist may recommend are the following:

  • Valvuloplasty, which strengthens leaflets to close the valve
  • Commissurotomy, which thickens valve leaflets
  • Decalcification, which removes calcium buildup
  • Repair of structural support, which replaces or shortens the cords that give the valves support

Valvular Heart Disease

Anu Abraham, MD

Anu Abraham, M.D., is an Assistant 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

Anna B. Catino, MD

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 and the Department of Radiology at the University of Utah School College of Medicine. She has been on faculty at the University of Utah since 2015 and serves as an Assistant Professor and the Associate Program Director of the Cardiovascular Di... Read More

Daniel A. Cox, DO

Dr. Dan Cox is a pediatric and adult congenital cardiologist who specializes in diagnosing and treating people with congenital heart problems at all ages. He received his undergraduate degree from The George Washington University and medical degree from the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed a combined pediatric and... Read More

Specialties:

Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Echocardiography, Marfan Syndrome and other Aortic Disorders, Pediatric Cardiology, Pregnancy and Heart Disease, Valvular Heart Disease

Locations:

Eccles Primary Children’s Outpatient Services Building 801-213-3599
Intermountain Medical Center 801-507-4000
Southeast Idaho Pediatric and Congenital Cardiology 801-213-3599
University Hospital 801-585-7676

Homam Ibrahim, MD

Homam Ibrahim, M.D., is an Assistant Professor of Medicine with an appointment in the Cardiovascular Division at the University of Utah. Dr. Ibrahim has a wide clinical practice, but his specific interests are in coronary artery disease, and structural/valvular heart disease. His clinical responsibilities include percutaneous invasive management of... Read More

Specialties:

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

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Stephen McKellar, MD, MSc

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 combined, integrated training program. ... Read More

Jack H. Morshedzadeh, MD

Patient Rating:

4.8

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Jack Morshedzadeh M.D., has appointments in the Division of Cardiology and in the Department of Radiology at the University of Utah.  He is the Director of the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program.  He serves as the Medical Director of the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, and is the former director of the Cardiovascular Medicine Unit. He ha... Read More

Craig H. Selzman, MD

Patient Rating:

4.8

4.8 out of 5

Dr. Craig Selzman is a Professor of Surgery and Chief of 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 General and Cardiothoracic Surgery training... Read More

Brigham R. Smith, MD

Patient Rating:

4.8

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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, General Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Valvular Heart Disease

Locations:

Basin Clinic 801-585-7676
Castle Country Clinic 801-585-7676
University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
801-585-7676

Anwar Tandar, MD, FACC, FRCPC

Patient Rating:

4.8

4.8 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, General Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVI or TAVR), 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

Frederick G. Welt, MD

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, General 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

Brent D. Wilson, MD, PhD

Patient Rating:

4.8

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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 Cardiology Clinical services and the Advanced Cardiac Imaging Fellowship Program. He has been on faculty at the University of Utah since 2006.Dr. W... Read More

Phillip T. Burch, MD

Dr. Burch performs repairs for a wide variety of congenital cardaic anomalies. In addition 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

Aaron W. Eckhauser, MD, MSCI

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 a special interest in pediatric heart... Read More

Specialties:

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

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Jason P. Glotzbach, MD

Dr. Jason Glotzbach is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Utah.  While his clinical practice spans all aspects of adult cardiac surgery, he has a special interest in aortic disease.  Dr. Glotzbach received his undergraduate degree in History from Princeton University and his medical degr... Read More

Specialties:

Adult Cardiac Surgery, Aortic Aneurysm Surgery, Aortic Dissection, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery, Heart Failure, Heart Valve Surgery, Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery, Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVI or TAVR)

Locations:

University Hospital 801-585-6740

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Antigoni Koliopoulou, MD

Dr. Antigone Koliopoulou has expertise in adult cardiac and general thoracic surgery, with a primary interest in heart transplantation and in temporary and chronic mechanical circulatory support (MCS). In relation to this field Dr. Koliopoulou has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and is a co-investigator in ongoing clinical trials. Her ... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Locations:

University Hospital 801-587-9348

Stephen McKellar, MD, MSc

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 combined, integrated training program. ... Read More

Craig H. Selzman, MD

Patient Rating:

4.8

4.8 out of 5

Dr. Craig Selzman is a Professor of Surgery and Chief of 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 General and Cardiothoracic Surgery training... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Thomas K. Varghese Jr., MD, MS

Patient Rating:

4.9

4.9 out of 5

Dr. Thomas Varghese Jr. is the Head of the Section of General Thoracic Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Utah. He is the Program Director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency, Co-Director of the Thoracic Oncology Progam at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, Unive... Read More

Locations

University Campus
University of Utah 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