Our program specializes in heart disease prevention and treatment of heart problems, with a focus on prevention and rehabilitation. Patients receive a comprehensive cardiovascular risk assessment, and, based on the results, a team of physicians, nurses, exercise physiologists, and nutrition experts work to create an individual plan and educate patients on how to improve their heart health.
Because of this education offered through the preventive cardiology program, our patients have reduced their risk for recurring heart disease and improved their lifestyle and quality of life. To find out if you can participate in this program, contact us.
- Evaluation: Heart Disease Risk Factors
- Exercise Prescriptions
- Nutrition Consultation
- Stress Management
- Medication Education
- Cardiac Rehab
University Hospital, Rm. 4159
Phone: (801) 581-3949
Fax: (801) 585-3061
University Hospital, Rm. 4228
Phone: (801) 585-5082
Fax: (801) 585-3061
Hours: 7:00 am–6:00pm
The cardiac gym has a variety of equipment that can be used by patients recovering from a heart attack or other heart disease. Patients will be evaluated for their heart disease risk factors and advised on a plan that can help prevent future reoccurrences.
- Four treadmills
- Four bikes (two recumbent, two upright)
- Two elliptical trainers
- One arm ergometer
- Chest and back resistance training machine
- Leg resistance training machine
- Free weights
What is cardiac rehabilitation?
Cardiac rehabilitation is a program to help people who have heart disease. It is overseen by a health care provider. People in this program may have had a heart attack or heart surgery. Cardiac rehabilitation can often help you get better at your daily tasks. It may ease your symptoms and give you a sense of well-being.
Who can be helped by cardiac rehabilitation?
You may be helped by cardiac rehabilitation if you have certain heart conditions or if you have had certain heart procedures. These include:
Stable angina. This is chest pain caused by disease in the arteries of your heart.
Heart attack (myocardial infarction). A heart attack happens when the heart itself doesn’t get enough blood.
Heart failure. This means your heart cannot pump blood as well as it should. Your body then does not get enough blood.
Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery. This is surgery to fix the arteries of your heart.
Heart valve repair or replacement. This is surgery to fix or replace one of your heart valves. The valves keep blood flowing in one direction in your heart.
Heart or heart-lung transplant. This is surgery to replace a damaged heart or heart and lungs.
Angioplasty with or without a stent. This is done to fix an artery in your heart. The surgeon may put a small mesh tube (stent) inside the artery.
Peripheral artery disease. This means the arteries that send blood to your arms and legs are narrowed.
The cardiac rehabilitation team
Your cardiac rehabilitation program may begin while you are in the hospital or soon after you are discharged. Many different health care providers may help with your cardiac rehabilitation. They include:
Specialists. Specialists may include an expert in diagnosing and treating heart disease (cardiologist), a heart surgeon (cardiovascular or cardiothoracic surgeon), and rehabilitation specialist (physiatrist).
Primary care providers. These include a specialist in caring for adults (internist) and a doctor who cares for all family members (family practice provider).
Cardiac nurses. These are nurses who have special training in caring for people with heart problems.
Registered dietitian or nutritionist. This is a person with special training in healthy eating and in diets for people with heart and other health conditions.
Physical therapist. This is a specialist who is trained to help improve how you move in order to ease your pain and disability.
Occupational therapist. This is a specialist who is trained to help improve how well you can do your daily tasks.
Psychologist, psychiatrist, or counselor. This person helps with mental health problems. He or she can help you cope with daily stress, including long-term health problems.
Case manager or social worker. This person helps with planning your care. It may be in the hospital, in long-term care, or at home.
Other health care providers may also be involved. It depends on your needs and your rehabilitation program.
The cardiac rehabilitation program
Your cardiac rehabilitation program is designed to meet your needs. It is overseen by a cardiac doctor and a team of cardiac health providers. Your program may last from 6 weeks to more than a year.
The goal of cardiac rehabilitation is to help ease your symptoms and make your heart as healthy as possible. Your program may include:
Exercise program. This makes you more fit, and helps your heart work better.
Classes to help you change your lifestyle and habits. For example, you may take a smoking cessation class to help you quit smoking. Or you may take a nutrition class to learn how to eat better.
Stress management. You willlearn how to manage stress to lower your anxiety.
Counseling. This will help you learn about your specific condition and how to live with it.
Occupational therapy. This is to help you get ready to go back to work.
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
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
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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
Dr. Hoskoppal received his medical degree from Bangalore University and completed a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency from Creighton University. He then completed a fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at the University of California, San Francisco, followed by an advanced fellowship in Adult Congenital Heart Disease at the Mayo Cli... Read More
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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
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
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
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
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
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Michael Sheets, MD is a Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Utah in the Division of Cardiology, and practices at University Hospital and Stansbury Clinic. His sub-specialty is General Cardiology, and he specializes in diagnosing and managing a broad spectrum of heart diseases. Dr. Sheets received his M.D. degree from the University... Read More
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
Kevin Whitehead, MD is an Associate Professor of Cardiology at the University of Utah, and also has privileges at Primary Children's Medical Center. He cares for adults with congenital heart disease, heart disease in pregnancy, and other patients with cardiac complications of genetic diseases (such as muscular dystrophies). Dr. Whitehead is the Co... Read More
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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 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
Lillian Khor, M.B.BCh., B.A.O.
Lillian Khor received her medical degree, M.B.BCh., BAO degree (equivalent to M.D.) from the National University of Ireland in 1997. She completed her internal medicine Internship and Residency at the University of Utah from 2000-2003 and continued her training as Chief Medical Resident of the Coronary Care Unit at LDS Hospital. Her Fellowship training in General Cardiology was at the University of Utah from 2004-2006 and she was Chief Cardiology Fellow and recipient of the Women in Cardiology Trainee Award for Excellence, awarded by the American Heart Association in 2006.
Her professional career started at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC); where she was Coronary Care and Telemetry Unit Director, Cardiology Clinic Medical Director, Cardiology Fellowship site Director, and Medical Residency and Student Clerkships Director. Since 9/2010, Dr. Khor shares her time between the VAMC and the University of Utah Hospital and Healthcare, where she is now the Medical Director of Preventive Cardiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation. She also is collaborating with the Utah Diabetes and Endocrinology Center to build a comprehensive multi-disciplinary Cardio-metabolic Risk Reduction Program (Care-Met) to support Therapeutic Lifestyle Modification of cardiovascular risk factors. Dr. Khor’s research interests include preventive and screening strategies pre and post cardiac events in patients with multiple cardiovascular risk factors. She has published on the gender and age-related differences in the prognostic value of a biomarker (C-reactive protein) in patients with established coronary artery disease.
Dr. Khor is active in the community as President of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Board of Directors, which is instrumental in fundraising for research dollars. She is also involved in the Center of Excellence for Women and with Kathleen Digre, is Co-Principal Investigator for a grant called “Heartwise 9-1-1” to promote awareness of heart attack symptoms in women within the Hispanic and ethnic minority communities in Salt Lake City.
Dawn Young, B.S.N.
As the Director of the Cardiac Rehab program, Dawn oversees the daily operation of the department. Dawn has been with Preventive Cardiology for 5 years and is deeply committed to patient care and is always a strong advocate for the best care being delivered to every patient. Dawn is originally from Bronx, NY and has earned two bachelor’s degrees, one in Psychology and the other in Nursing. In her spare time, Dawn enjoys Yoga, hiking and gardening. In the next 3-5 years dawn hopes that she will survive her daughter’s teenage years and to continue promoting healthy living throughout the University of Utah.
Anthony Quan, B.S.
Anthony is a native from Sandy, Utah, and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah. As the coordinator of the cardiac rehab program, Anthony actively ensures that the needs of the patients and department are met. Anthony has been with the department for three years and has had a total of six years of experience in the medical field. He is very passionate about the medical field especially the benefits of exercise. In his spare time Anthony enjoys staying active and participating in marathons and triathlons.
Hailey Neilson M.S., CHES
Bio coming soon...
Thea Brannon, R.N.
Clinical Cardiology Coordinator
Thea is originally from Boston, MA, and received her bachelor’s in nursing while attending Cal State. As a clinical cardiac coordinator Thea works hard to ensure that each patient has the necessary education and instruction prior to their discharge from the hospital. Thea has been with our department for 14 years, and that experience shows in her effectiveness to deliver the education necessary for each patient. She enjoys reading, gardening, traveling and politics in her spare time. Eventually Thea would like to spend more time volunteering and giving back to community and also plans to raise chickens, garden and travel the world.
Galina Polei, R.N.
Clinical Cardiology Coordinator
Galina is originally from Russia, and she moved to New York and received her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Long Island University, NY. As a clinical cardiac coordinator Galina works hard to ensure that each patient has the necessary education and instruction prior to their discharge from the hospital. Galina has been with our department for four years and her compassion for each patient has never wavered. In her spare time Galina enjoys traveling to spiritual places; she loves nature. Galina is interesting in physiological, psychological and spiritual development in older life and at the end of life. Galina hopes to continue her education and is pursuing a master’s in gerontology.
Sarah Hilton, R.N.
Clinical Cardiology Coordinator
Sarah is a native to Salt Lake City and attended Weber State University where she earned a degree in Nursing. As a clinical cardiac coordinator, Sarah works hard to ensure that each patient has the necessary education and instruction prior to their discharge from the hospital. Sarah has been with our department for 3 years and strives to provide each patient with the education necessary for their discharge home. Sarah enjoys traveling, exercising and especially being a wonderful mom to her two children.
Lisa Whittington, R.N.
Clinical Cardiology Coordinator
Bio coming soon...
Shellee Roylance, B.S.
Shellee is a Salt Lake City native and earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah. As an exercise specialist Shellee monitors patients’ exercise tolerance to prescribe exercise that will improve stamina and strength safely. As an athlete herself Shellee knows the importance of exercise and is passionate about promoting the incorporation of activity into all her patients’ lives. In her spare time Shellee enjoys running marathons and cooking. She wants to further establish her career as an exercise specialist.
Melissa Walker, M.S.
Melissa, aka Walker, is from Marysville, Utah, and earned a master’s degree from the University of Utah. As an exercise specialist Walker monitors patients’ exercise tolerance to prescribe exercise that will improve stamina and strength. Walker has been with the department for eight years and has a wealth of experience in the department. From an exercise specialist to the previous supervisor of the department, Walker uses all of her experience to help promote exercise for all of her patients. In her spare time Walker enjoys spending time with her family and boating in the summer.
Caitlin Caldwell, B.S.
Caitlin is a native from Sandy, Utah, and earned her bachelor’s degree from Utah State University. As an exercise specialist Caitlin monitors patients’ exercise tolerance to prescribe exercise that will improve stamina and strength. Caitlin is the newest member of our team bringing experience from her work as a critical care tech in the ICU. Through the combination of her education and experience in the medical field, Caitlin knows the importance of exercise as a patient in and out of the hospital. In her spare time Caitlin enjoys staying active, especially through outdoors activities.
Zara has been practicing as a Cardiology Nurse Practitioner (NP) since 2011. She started with Electrophysiology specialty for about 9 months caring for patients with heart rhythm abnormalities and then transitioned to General Cardiology caring for patients with more broad spectrum cardiac problems such as patients recovering from heart attacks , pa... Read More
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
Irene received her doctorate degree in nursing practice from the University of Utah in 2014. Prior to joining the Cardiology Clinic, she practiced as an independent clinician at Health Clinics of Utah providing primary care for patients from all ages and with diverse healthcare needs. Before becoming a nurse practitioner, she worked at the inpatien... Read More
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
Mr. King’s clinical interests are in the care of adults and children with cardiac congenital diseases and cardiac arrhythmias. He actively participates in research efforts in collaboration with the Department of Pediatric/Pediatric Cardiology, Division, Department of Internal Medicine/Division of Cardiology, Department of Fetal and Maternal Medicin... Read More
Nikki Konesavanh, MPAS, PA-C, is board-certified Physician Assistant with the University of Utah, Division of Cardiology. Her clinical interests include preventative cardiac medicine, cardiac arrhythmias, complex coronary artery and structural heart disease. Nikki received her Associate's in International Buisness, a Bachelor's in Political Scien... Read More
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Sandee began her career as a cardiology technician as a teenager, and has been fascinated by the cardiology field since. Working in various areas, she learned to perform many of the tests offered in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine. Eager to increase her participation in direct patient care, she graduated from nursing school in 1998, and... Read More
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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