Did you know that at least one out of every three deaths in the United States is caused by heart disease and stroke? Did you also know that more than 200,000 of those deaths could have been prevented? The heart care program at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center incorporates healthcare leaders and professionals from diverse backgrounds with the aim of improving patients’ heart and overall health.


Steward Heart and Lung SLC

Steward Cardiothoracic Associates

Schedule a Heart Screening

For more information on how to keep your heart healthy, visit:


Schedule Your Heart Screening Online

Most Trusted Cardiology Services in Salt Lake City UT

Services, which are available 24/7, include:

  • Chest pain response
  • Cardiac Catheterization
  • Treatment for Arrhythmia
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Heart Surgery
  • Cardiovascular Intensive Care

What is a Heart Screening?

Heart Screening is a noninvasive way to detect health problems before symptoms occur. The scan takes approximately 10 minutes and is performed on a state-of-the-art 64-slice CT scanner. This test measures the amount of atherosclerotic “plaque” in the coronary arteries. Plaque is the substance that builds within the walls of the arteries and can cause a heart attack if the arteries become blocked. Early detection is the key to treating heart disease.

Give yourself peace of mind and take an active role in your health – call about a Heart Screening today — 801-350-4451.

Schedule Online


WATCHMANTM: Reducing Stroke Risk Among Patients With AFib

Do you need to get off blood thinners? Meet WATCHMANTM– now available at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center.

WATCHMANTMIs An Alternative to Blood Thinners.
WATCHMANTM, the Left Atrial Appendage Closure Implant, has provided over 50,000 patients around the world with an alternative to blood thinners like warfarin.

WATCHMANTM is a one-time procedure at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center that may reduce stroke risk for a lifetime in people with AFib not caused by a heart valve problem. WATCHMANTM is a permanent implant that closes off a part of the heart where blood clots commonly form. 

In a clinical trial, 9 out of 10 people were able to stop taking warfarin just 45 days after getting WATCHMANTM. At one year, 99 out of 100 people were able to stop taking warfarin. This can lower the risk of bleeding associated with the long-term use of blood thinners like warfarin. 

Taking Warfarin for AFib?
You may have heard that atrial fibrillation increases your risk of having a stroke. In fact, a person with AFib is 5 times more likely, on average, to suffer a stroke than someone with a regular heartbeat. 

That’s because AFib causes your heart to beat irregularly, which affects its ability to pump blood normally. And when the heart doesn’t pump as it should, blood can collect and form clots. If a clot escapes, it can cut off the blood supply to the brain—causing a stroke.


  •     WATCHMANTM fits into a part of your heart called the left atrial appendage (LAA). 
  •     90% of stroke-causing blood clots that come from the heart are formed in the LAA.
  •     WATCHMANTM permanently closes off this part of your heart to keep those blood clots from escaping. 

The WATCHMANTM Implant is about the size of a quarter, and it doesn’t require open-heart surgery. Here’s what happens during the procedure. 

  1. To implant WATCHMANTM, your doctor makes a small cut in your upper leg and inserts a narrow tube. 
  2. Your doctor then guides WATCHMANTM through the tube, into your left atrial appendage (LAA). 
  3. The procedure is done under general anesthesia and typically takes about an hour. People who get the WATCHMANTM Implant usually stay in the hospital overnight and go home the next day. 
  4. After the procedure, you’ll take warfarin until your LAA is permanently closed off—usually just 45 days. 
  5. During that time, heart tissue grows over the WATCHMANTM Implant to form a barrier against blood clots.

Diagnostic Imaging

If your primary care provider has detected a potential problem with your heart or blood vessels, then he or she may refer you to a cardiologist at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center. During an initial evaluation, your cardiologist may ask about your medical history, lifestyle, and other information. Diagnostic tests could include:

  • 64-slice CT scanner
  • Arterial color flow Doppler
  • Arteriography
  • Cardiac Catheterization
  • Chest and abdominal x-rays
  • Echocardiography (heart, neck, abdomen)
  • Transesophageal Echocardiogram
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG / EKG)
  • Intracardiac/intravascular ultrasound
  • Lab-blood tests
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
  • Nuclear Cardiology
  • Pacemaker and Defibrillator Checkup
  • Stress / Treadmill Testing
  • 24-hour Holter and Event Monitoring

Interventional Cardiology

Interventional cardiology is a branch of medicine that uses a minimally invasive catheter-based approach for treating diseases of the heart and vascular system. For many patients, an interventional procedure is preferable over an open heart procedure because there are usually fewer risks and complications, less blood loss, and a faster recovery – with results that are just as good as those that open heart surgery has to offer.

The following interventional procedures, among others, are performed in Salt Lake Regional Medical Center’s two cath labs:

  • AAA repairs
  • Balloon Angioplasty and Stent Placement
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
  • Electrophysiological Investigations
  • Heart Valve Surgery
  • Pacemaker and ICD implantation
  • Radiofrequency Ablation


Do I Need Vein Care? 

Have you started to notice bulging, twisted, or discolored veins in your legs? Maybe your skin has a shiny red color or feels hot to the touch. Many people write off these signs and symptoms of varicose veins as “just getting older.” However, these painful vein problems can be quite serious. While varicose veins might be the most visible kind of peripheral venous health problem, they’re only one of many potentially life-threatening conditions.

  • Peripheral Arterial Disease
  • Varicose Veins
  • Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)

Diagnosing Vein Problems

  • Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) Test: During an ABI test, blood pressure cuffs are placed on the arms and ankle. If the ankle blood pressure reading is significantly lower than the arm blood pressure reading, then your ABI results may indicate the presence of PAD.
  • Vascular Ultrasound: A vascular ultrasound uses a small, handheld transducer that bounces sound waves off the veins. These sound waves are recorded and then used to create an image of the blood vessel, revealing blockages, narrowing, and other health issues. This test is completely harmless and painless.
  • Angiography: During the procedure, a special contrast dye is injected into an artery – usually the femoral artery in the groin. X-ray imaging is used to trace the dye as it moves through your body’s blood vessels. (In some cases, a magnetic resonance angiogram or computed tomography angiogram may be used instead.)

PAD (Peripheral Arterial Disease) SYMPTOMS INCLUDE:

  • A burning or aching pain in the feet and toes while resting, especially at night while lying flat
  • Intermittent claudication, or painful cramping in the leg or hip that occurs when walking or exercising and typically disappears with rest
  • Numbness, tingling and weakness in the lower legs and feet
  • Sores or wounds on the toes, feet, or legs that heal slowly, poorly, or not at all
  • A pale or bluish color to the skin
  • Poor nail growth on the toes and decreased hair growth on the legs



  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Age 50 or older
  • Age 50 or younger with diabetes and atherosclerosis symptoms
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • High cholesterol (hyperlipidemia)
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Personal or family history of heart or vascular disease.


Give yourself peace of mind and take an active role in your health. Schedule your heart screening online.

Schedule Online


Colorful heart
Learn About Early Heart Attack Care
Heart attacks often have early signs and symptoms. If recognized, people can act quickly and seek treatment before heart damage occurs. Learn how to identify the signs of a heart attack for quick intervention.
Mother and Mid-30's Daughter
Why Women Must Listen to their Hearts
Many women mistakenly think the only symptom of a heart attack is crushing chest pain and, unfortunately, don’t recognize the other, sometimes subtle, symptoms. Learn how men and women experience heart attack symptoms differently.
chest pain
Atrial Fibrillation: When an Irregular Heart Rhythm Should Cause Concern
As children, many of us liked to play doctor and listen to the sound of someone’s heart − the steady bump, bump, bump sound was fascinating for those curious minds. But what happens when that steady heart rhythm becomes erratic? For some people, they may have atrial fibrillation (AFib), which affects at least 2.7 million Americans.
Heart Risk Assessment
ASCVD Risk Estimator
Knowing where your are on your heart health can help you to take better care of your heart. Calculate your 10-year risk of heart disease or stroke using the ASCVD algorithm published in 2013 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Assessment of Cardiovascular.
Seniors learning
UT Dept. Of Health Community Health Indicators
It's good to know about the health of your community and to have a resource for information when you need it. Click here for Utah public health data and important health information.

Conditions We Treat

  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease
  • Aortic Aneurysms
  • Arrhythmia
  • Blocked Arteries (Heart, Neck & Legs)
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Carotid Artery Disease / Stroke
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Heart Attack
  • Heart Failure
  • Heart Valve Disease
  • Hypertension
  • Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
  • Pulmonary Hypertension


  • Drug Therapy
  • Open / Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • AAA Repairs
  • Balloon Angioplasty and Stent Placement
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)
  • Minimally Invasive Coronary Artery Bypass (MIDCAB)
  • Heart Valve Surgery
  • Pacemaker and ICD Implantation
  • Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Vascular Procedures

Our Team

Generic avatar, no picture available

Julia Ansari, MD
Julia Ansari, MD


Generic avatar, no picture available
Stephen Spurlock, PA


William Brann, MD
William Brann, MD

Internal Medicine,

Sandeep Talwar, MD
Sandeep Talwar, MD


Jordy Cox, MD
Jordy Cox, MD

Vascular Surgery,
Cardiothoracic Surgery

James Stringham, MD
James Stringham, MD

Vascular Surgery,
Cardiothoracic Surgery

Generic avatar, no picture available
Jacky Chen, PA