As a physician who is board-certified in both pediatrics and internal medicine, Dr. Chadd D. Nelson treats patients along the whole spectrum of life from infants to adults.
Dr. Nelson has been with Tanner Clinic since 2006, where he has continued his interests in sports medicine as well as heart disease.
Dr. Nelson, a native of Kaysville, completed his undergraduate work at Weber State University and the University of Utah.
He received his D.O. from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Mo. His residency at the Akron Children’s Hospital and Summa Health Systems in Akron, Ohio, included joint training in internal medicine and pediatrics. During his training at Summa Health System, he was named chief resident.
Dr. Nelson offers expertise in physical therapy, having worked for many years at Wasatch Peak Physical Therapy at Davis Medical Center. He treats sports injuries, which makes a good match with his experience in physical therapy.
Dr. Nelson is married with three children. When he’s not enjoying family time, he likes to garden and watch his children play various sports.
“Dr. Chadd Nelson is the only doctor who took me seriously when I said I had heart problems. Others had told me I was too young. He was great!” – Lisa on Facebook, Nov. 6, 2014
“This is our family M.D.! We absolutely love him! He is the only board certified peds AND internal medicine doc in this area! We have not been disappointed! We have even referred him to our friends!” — Tina on Facebook, Sept. 29, 2014
“Had an appointment with Dr. Nelson this morning. Told his receptionist it was my first visit with him and she said how friendly he was and that I would like him. She was right! I could tell that he truly cared about me and my health care. Dr. Nelson ordered x-rays for me and as soon as I walked back to his office he reviewed them with me immediately. Great communicator, treated me with respect, made me feel comfortable. He’s a keeper!” — Sharon on Vitals.com, May 22, 2014
“Was looking hard for new docs (because I am) new to the area. Have been pleased with Dr. Nelson and his staff to care for my kiddos AND us! LOVE that he is board certified in both peds and internal medicine!” — Tina on Facebook, April 15, 2014
Heart disease takes many shapes. It can show itself as hypertension or angina with its associated chest pain. Sometimes the issue is vascular insufficiency, when your veins, for whatever reason, cannot pump enough blood back to the heart. And other times the heart suffers from broken heart syndrome, brought on by a stressful event such as the death of a loved one.
There are many symptoms, some of them very vague, that you may not immediately identify as being heart-related. “You just know that something’s not working well,” says Dr. Chadd Nelson, an internist and pediatrician at Tanner Clinic Layton. “That’s why you seek the help of a professional.”
However, he adds, if the symptom is severe chest pain, “you shouldn’t be in my office. You should be in the ER.”
Dr. Nelson’s medical training and research has emphasized his long-time interest in cardiology, both in children and adults. At Tanner Clinic, he sees patients for all aspects of primary care and pediatric care. And he shares his heart expertise with his patients who deal with heart disease.
Common diagnostic tests
When it comes to diagnosing a potential heart issue, Dr. Nelson said symptoms such as chest discomfort or shortness of breath offer health-care providers only a direction, not a diagnosis.
“We’re trained to use tests to see if there’s a problem,” he said. “You can’t always use symptoms to determine that. And the symptoms may not be cardiac-related at all.”
The most common tests are:
▸EKG (electrocardiogram), which uses electrical impulses to determine patterns among heart beats and rhythms. The test also determines if parts of the heart are too large or overworked.
▸Holter monitoring, in which electrodes are attached to the chest to record the heart’s activity during normal activity over a period of time.
▸Stress (or exercise) test, which can determine whether the heart is receiving good blood flow during physical activity.
“The heart is a muscle and anytime the heart has to work harder, like any other muscle it requires more energy and blood flow,” he said. “If blood flow can’t get there, the heart is not going to be happy and it will start having symptoms.”
If the treadmill test induces arrhythmia or low-blood-flow states in the heart, that may signal early signs of narrowing of an artery, which could eventually lead to a heart attack, he said. In the event of an abnormal test, Dr. Nelson will generally arrange for further testing or refer the patient to a cardiologist.
Nelson oversees stress tests for marathon runners as well as people confined to wheelchairs. “Anybody can have a cardiac event, fit or not,” he adds. He carries the distinction of performing the most cardiac testing at Tanner Clinic. Stress testing is conducted at Tanner Clinic as well as Davis Hospital.
Heart patients getting younger
Although heart disease is often associated with age, obesity and poor health associated with smoking and alcohol, Dr. Nelson has seen a change in his clientele. “We’re beginning to see more heart disease in younger and younger patients, he said.
Dr. Nelson also points out that he doesn’t see cardiac patients, who are likely being seen by a cardiologist. “I see patients who have a heart disease, just like I’d say a person with diabetes has a diabetic disease,” he said.
In the news story “Caffeine has positive effect on memory” that ran Jan. 8, 2015, in the Standard-Examiner, Dr. Nelson takes issue with the premise, explaining that caffeine is linked to insomnia, hypertension and obesity. Read the discussion here.
Dr. Chadd Nelson is one of the experts quoted in a Standard-Examiner Aug. 7, 2014, news story, “Live longer, take care of chronic diseases.” The story discusses the challenges of treating older patients who have multiple chronic diseases.
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