FARMINGTON—In the event of a heart attack – time is muscle. The physicians at Utah Cardiology are committed to providing the best cardiac care to every patient that walks through the doors of the clinic.
The Utah Cardiology offices in Bountiful and Layton were combined to create the new facility located at 444 N. Bourne Circle in Farmington just west of the Mercedes dealership.
“We were shuffling doctors and staff between the two clinics so this is more efficient,” said Dr. Stephanie Olsen. “We’ve been around for about 25 years and I’ve been here for 23 of those.”
There are seven cardiologists at the clinic. “We practice general cardiology and some of them have specialties in arrhythmias, atrial fibrillation and heart failure,” she said. “We are the last privately owned cardiology group. We’re committed to maintain a private practice because it’s better for our patients. There is less out of pocket cost to get tests done here rather than at a hospital.”
Physicians at Utah Cardiology work with both Lakeview and Davis hospitals. “We cover the emergency rooms in the hospital, do angiograms and four of our doctors are interventional cardiologists so they put in stents, etc.,” Olsen said. “Patients come from all over Davis County and even from out of state.”
Dr. Scott West has been practicing the longest with the group. “I’m here for my patients,” he said. “We can do it our way. It’s a unique practice because partners don’t always get along like we get along. We’re family. I know when I’m gone there are good doctors taking care of my patients. I know they’re going to step up.”
Patients should have no concerns about going to Davis or Lakeview because they’ll get the best care, he said. “I have practiced in California and downtown (Salt Lake). If I couldn’t give the best care to my patients in Davis County then I should be down in Salt Lake. But they get excellent care.”
West and Olsen noted tips to recognize a heart attack and measures that should be taken.
“Chest discomfort — it doesn’t need to be crushing pain,” said West. “Patients sometimes pass off pain as heart burn but it’s better to be safe than sorry.”
Don’t drive yourself call EMS, Olsen said. “Paramedics can do an ECG at the home and activate us in advance,” she said. “We see that coming and can give the patient better treatment. Often we can bypass the emergency room and go straight to the Cath lab to open the artery. Any time we can shave off is in the patient’s best interest.”
In addition to the physicians, there are three Physicians Assistants and a nurse practioner. “We have 22 exam rooms, four echo rooms and two procedure rooms,” Olsen said. “You can have nuclear stress testing done here and it’s more cost effective than at the hospital. We don’t want to do corporate medicine.”
The group accepts most insurance and also offers self-pay options. “Patients know their physicians and see the same one,” said Olsen. “There is a personal touch that the big groups around us don’t have.”