Cardiologists in Idaho Falls
The nationally recognized heart specialists at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center (EIRMC) are specially trained to provide advanced treatments for patients with heart conditions. The solutions they offer include life-changing surgeries, noninvasive techniques, innovative, cutting-edge procedures and rehabilitation for patients in southeast Idaho, western Wyoming and southern Montana.
To schedule an appointment with a cardiologist, call (208) 227-2778.
Nationally recognized cardiac care
EIRMC is a renowned cardiac care center, having been named a “Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital” in the U.S. by IBM Watson Health™two years in a row (2021, 2020).
EIRMC is also a Level I STEMI Center, designated by the Idaho Time Sensitive Emergency System (2022), and a Chest Pain Center with PCI Accreditation, designated by the American College of Cardiology (2022).
Heart care services
EIRMC has a complete spectrum of cardiac, cardiovascular and thoracic services for adult patients with heart conditions, performing everything from minimally invasive procedures to traditional open heart surgery. We are also the only hospital in the region offering minimally invasive valve repair and replacement. Available heart services include:
Cardiac catheterization is when a cardiovascular doctor places a catheter into a blood vessel in the groin, arm or neck, into the aorta, then to the heart. Once in place, the catheter allows our physicians to perform numerous cardiac tests, decide on appropriate treatments while measuring blood pressure within the heart, evaluate heart valve and chamber function, identify narrowed or clogged arteries and check for congenital heart abnormalities.
We perform an average of over 1,800 cath lab procedures every year, which is more than any other in our region and rivals the amount done in major metropolitan communities.
Our cardiac rehabilitation program is an exercise and educational program for patients recovering from heart surgery or a cardiovascular condition. We aim to assess your fitness capabilities and limitations, provide education, support and a carefully structured plan designed to help you effectively transition back to a healthier, more productive lifestyle following a cardiovascular event.
A heart arrhythmia describes a misfire in the sequence of electrical impulses that controls how the heart pumps blood. When a misfire occurs, the heart may beat irregularly, too quickly, or too slowly. There are many heart arrhythmia causes, including arterial blockages, diabetes, heart attack, high blood pressure, stress and thyroid problems.
A heart attack occurs when the heart muscle starts dying from a lack of blood flow. Given how dangerous this can be, you should seek immediate medical attention if you show any potential warning signs, including:
- Becoming fatigued quicker than normal
- Experiencing chest discomfort
- Shortness of breath
- Pain that spreads to the shoulders, neck, jaw or arms
- Lightheadedness or fainting
- Excessive sweating
Heart failure, also called congestive heart failure, means that the heart muscle has become too weak to pump blood effectively. People often ignore heart failure symptoms or confuse them for another medical condition. If you experience any of the following heart failure signs, you should seek immediate medical attention.
- Chest pain
- Confusion or impaired thinking
- Decreased appetite or bloating in the belly
- Palpitations in your heart
- Shortness of breath upon exertion
- Swelling in the feet, ankles or fingers
- Three or more pounds of weight gain in 24 hours or a pound a day for three days
- Trouble breathing when lying down or going to sleep
- Waking up breathless
When other treatments have proven ineffective, heart surgery can be a viable option for addressing cardiac complications. Most commonly, surgery is needed to manage heart failure, plaque buildup in coronary arteries, damaged heart valves and structures, infected blood vessels and abnormal heart rhythms, as well as implanting devices that control heartbeats and function.
Structural heart complications involve the heart's structural anatomy, including valves, chambers, walls and pockets. If these components retain damage or have inherent birth abnormalities, blood flow can be affected, possibly leading to heart failure, stroke or cardiac arrest. EIRMC is the only provider of structural heart care and valve disease treatment for the entire southeast Idaho region and western Wyoming and southern Montana.
- Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
- Transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVr)
- Transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR)
- Left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO)
- Atrial septal defect (ASD) closure
- Patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure
- Paravalvular leak (PVL) closure
Vascular surgery addresses complications of the vascular system, or arteries, veins and the lymph system. A subspecialty of cardiac surgery, vascular surgery includes treating the body's other primary and essential veins and arteries. Typical conditions treated include peripheral artery disease, aortic disease, mesenteric disease and carotid artery disease.
Additional services include:
- Chest pain treatment
- Electrocardiogram (EKG)
- Elective cardioversion
- Event recorder placement
- Nuclear cardiology
- Pediatric cardiology
- Thoracic surgery
Pediatric Cardiology Clinic
In addition to our renowned adult cardiac care services, EIRMC serves pediatric patients through the Pediatric Cardiology Clinic. Here, we specialize in diagnostic imaging services for babies, children and teens, including stress tests, echocardiograms and cardiac testing for urgent patient needs.
Our clinic is home to the region's only board-certified and fellowship-trained pediatric cardiologist, who is present for all cardiac imaging and is able to share real-time results. This arrangement allows patients and parents to learn vital information right away, as opposed to having to wait for a follow-up appointment.
In addition, our clinic offers pediatric patients numerous benefits, including:
- Dedicated pediatric room
- Sedation services with a pediatric anesthesiologist
- Technicians certified in pediatric echocardiography
Please connect with your pediatrician or pediatric cardiologist for a referral. If you have questions, or have a referral and are ready to set an appointment, please call (208) 529-7862.
If a teen or adult suddenly collapses and is not breathing, you could save them by knowing this heart-smart version of a popular tune.
- Call 911.
- Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of "Stayin' Alive" — the perfect rhythm for hands-only CPR.
Continue compressions until help arrives. To avoid tiring quickly, lock your elbows and keep your arms straight and your shoulders down in a relaxed position (not up by your ears). Use your body weight, not your arms, to push. If another person is there, you can take turns if you need a rest.
Here are some great videos from the American Heart Association to help you learn hands-only CPR: