Physicians in the Outpatient Cardiovascular Medicine Clinic are available to provide second opinions for individuals who:
- have been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease
- want further information about medications or procedures that have been recommended
- wish to explore other possible treatment options
- need to validate information they have received from another physician
Your Right to a Second Opinion
All patients have the right to seek a second opinion and are encouraged to do so, particularly if the information you received from the first physician seems unclear or inconclusive, if a recommended course of treatment is invasive or may negatively impact your quality of life, or if something about the first opinion does not seem quite right.
Learning everything you can about your condition and all of the treatment options available by seeking a second opinion will help you make the best decisions about your care.
What to Bring
- Copies of medical records and physician notes related to your condition
- Copies of your test results (exercise stress testing, EKGs, ultrasounds, echocardiograms, cardiac catheterizations, angiograms, CT scans and MRIs)
- CDs/DVDs of previous cardiac imaging tests
- Your current treatment plan, including a list of your current medications
- A list of specific questions you want to ask the physician during your visit
Second opinion appointments are generally available within 48 hours. Following your appointment, our cardiologists will share their thoughts, conclusions and recommended next steps with you and the physician(s) of your choice to help you find the course of treatment that is best for you.