Advanced Heart Surgery Services
At MountainStar Cardiovascular Surgery in Utah, we are dedicated to improving your quality of life by providing the treatment option that best fits you. As the medical world advances, minimally invasive procedures have proved to be among the most sophisticated options available. They offer the same effectiveness as open heart or open chest procedures, but avoid exposing the chest during surgery.
Innovative Heart Surgeons
Our cardiovascular surgeons are among the few nationwide certified to perform the advanced minimally invasive procedures like the Mini-Maze, robotic surgery and TMR. If a traditional, open chest procedure is the best option for you, all of our surgeons specialize in open chest and open heart procedures. We also specialize in the following procedures:
- Endovascular Stent/Blood Vessel Repair
- Valve Repair and Replacement
- Surgery for Hyperhidrosis
Advanced Minimally Invasive Heart Procedures
Heart Conditions And Diseases We Treat
Better known as A-fib, atrial fibrillation, is the most common heart rhythm problem, affecting more than five million Americans. There is no single cause of A-Fib, but it tends to occur more frequently in older people and patients with heart disease. However, it can happen to anyone at anytime and it can be life threatening. In fact, A-Fib is one of the leading causes of stroke.
Your heart beat is controlled by electrical impulses that begin in the atria, or upper chamber of your heart. With A-Fib, these electrical impulses are erratic, causing a rapid and irregular heart beat that affects the heart’s ability to pump blood efficiently to the rest of the body. This can result in palpitations and symptoms as mild as fatigue and dizziness or as severe as heart failure.
As the most common type of cancer in America, lung cancer takes the lives of more than 150,000 people every year. The risk for lung cancer increases from smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke or a family history of lung cancer.
Lung cancer occurs when abnormal cells grow in one or both of the lungs. Cancer cells reproduce uncontrollably and rapidly until they become tumors (lumps of cell). Tumors obstruct healthy functioning of the lungs making breathing very difficult, often causing continuous coughing, chest and back pain, and blood in suptum (phlegm-like substance coming from the lungs when you cough). Specific types of lung cancer (usually non-small cell lung cancer) can be cured with surgery.
Coronary Artery Disease
The most common cause of death among Americans, coronary artery disease (CAD), kills more than half-a-million people every year. CAD tends to effect the older adult population however; it can happen to anyone at anytime. CAD is often linked to hereditary, age, an unhealthy lifestyle and sedentary activity.
Coronary artery disease is caused by a build up of plaque within the arteries. The build up disables the arteries to deliver blood to the heart and causes them to narrow. Fat and plaque can build up for many years without restricting blood flow.
The most common cause of CAD is a condition known as angina. If this occurs you may feel chest pain and discomfort because the heart is not receiving the necessary blood to function. If left untreated, the heart muscles can weaken causing an irregular heart beat, or heart failure.
Aortic Valve Stenosis
A narrowing of the aortic valve that blocks blood flow from the heart is called aortic stenosis (AS). This narrowing causes a back-up flow of blood and pressure and can force excess blood into the heart and to the lungs.
This disorder causes excessive sweating of the head, face, hands, feet, underarms, or in some cases, the entire body.
Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms (TAA)
Thoracic aortic aneurysms make up 25 percent of all aneurysms and occur in the thorax or chest. TAAs are not detected often and do not cause significant symptoms in the early stages. When a TAA enlarges, it can interfere with the functioning of the aortic valve. When the aortic valve cannot close properly because of a TAA, blood can flow backwards into the heart causing significant heart damage.
Frequently TAAs contain clots and debris which can be shed into the blood stream causing damage to other organs as well. Thoracic aneurysms can also rupture with almost all patients dying as a result. In fact, in half of the patients with TAA, aneurysm related complications are the cause of death.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA)
Abdominal aortic aneurysms make up 75 percent of all aneurysms and can occur in any part of the aorta that runs through the abdomen. AAAs tend to grow quite large because they tend to grow undetected. Approximately 20 percent of all AAAs will rupture. A ruptured AAA causes internal bleeding and shock which is life threatening even when immediately treated. Despite medical care, three of four ruptured AAAs will result in death.