In medicine, the “second opinion” is often an important step for a patient deciding on an ideal course of treatment. Obtaining a second opinion decreases medical errors, saves lives, and keeps your healthcare costs down by arriving at correct diagnosis faster, streamlining treatments and preventing unnecessary surgeries and procedures. It also gives patients the peace of mind they need and deserve.
Having more than one expert opinion can be especially beneficial if:
- You have a complex surgical case
- There are multiple options available
- Other health problems make your surgery riskier
- You’ve been told your condition is inoperable or there’s no other course of treatment
- You are particularly anxious about choosing the right treatment option
A second opinion is appropriate for diagnoses such as:
- Blockages in arteries of the heart
- Heart valve repair or replacement
- Heart rhythm problems
- Closure/repair of heart defects
- Unresolved angina
A second opinion from our cardiac specialists can provide answers to questions you might have, such as:
“Do I really need the procedure my doctor recommended?”
“Is there a newer or safer procedure or non-surgical option that may be right for me?”
“Does my doctor have the expertise, experience or good track record for the procedure I need?”
“What can I expect after my procedure?”
Now, through the use of communications technology, patients can seek a second opinion from medical professionals located miles or even continents away. This growing industry, known as “telemedicine”, enables healthcare providers to remotely connect with a patient, usually through video conferencing, digital examination devices and clear voice conversations.
The first step is to schedule a consultation with the physicians at Advanced Heart Care. This consultation can be via phone or video conference and will require your medical records for the Doctor to review with you. Following this appointment, the Doctor will provide you a full written report of their findings and recommendations you can take to your Doctor for review. If you prefer, our Doctors can also communicate directly with your physician regarding your case.
Call 888-312-7268 or send us an email to schedule your consultation today.