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Cardiovascular Second Opinions







This program is available on the Dallas campus as a result of patients seeking second medical opinions regarding cardiovascular disease diagnoses, treatment options or surgical recommendations. Knowing that Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas, a dedicated heart and vascular hospital since 2002, adjacent to Baylor University Medical Center, a part of Baylor Scott & White Health, is nationally recognized with a medical staff who have cardiovascular expertise, patients have been visiting the hospital campus for second opinions for more than two decades. Our team understands that securing a second opinion often helps patients find a greater peace of mind regarding a new diagnosis or a pending surgery.

Conditions and Procedures

Newly diagnosed patients who are facing a major surgery or interventional procedure may wish to research options and/or find additional experts to help provide resources. It is important you feel confident that you are informed before proceeding with a treatment option or interventional procedure that leaves you with questions. The team working with Cardiovascular Second Opinions, a program of Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas, is here to assist you every step of the way. Patients may request a second opinion for the following diagnoses and procedures.

 

Abdominal or aortic aneurysms

The team involved in Cardiovascular Second Opinions understands a wide array of treatment options exists for abdominal and aortic aneurysms. Treatment options for these conditions may include appropriate medical management or surgical options, including minimally invasive surgery or open surgical treatment.

Aortic valve disease

For patients diagnosed with aortic valve disease, treatment options may include transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), transcatheter aortic valve-in-valve replacement, minimally invasive surgical aortic valve repair or replacement, or participation in clinical trials for investigative treatments.

Arrythmias

Heart arrhythmias evaluated through Cardiovascular Second Opinions include both atrial and ventricular arrhythmias. Advanced therapies that may be evaluated through the program include catheter-based ablation, surgical MAZE, the hybrid Convergent procedure, left atrial occlusion management, and implantable recording devices.

Bypass surgery

– For patients recommended for bypass surgery, the program reviews both coronary artery bypass surgery and peripheral bypasses.

Cardiac catheterization

Through Cardiovascular Second Opinions, evaluation is individualized to determine the best plan of care for each patient. For patients previously told they need open heart surgery, less invasive options may be evaluated, such as catheter stenting.

Cardiomyopathy

For patients diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, including hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, evaluation through the Cardiovascular Second Opinions program may include advanced therapies such as minimally invasive procedures, myectomy, or an implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD).

Carotid stenosis

For simple to complex conditions, patients may turn to a nationally-recognized hospital dedicated to heart and vascular disease for their second opinion.

Heart failure

For patients diagnosed with heart failure, the program provides opinions regarding management of both systolic and diastolic heart failure. Advanced therapy options that may be evaluated for these conditions may include ventricular assist devices and heart transplantation.

Mitral valve disease

For patients diagnosed with mitral valve disease, treatment options that may be evaluated may include transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVR), transcatheter mitral valve-in-valve replacement, balloon mitral valvuloplasty, minimally invasive surgical mitral valve repair, or clinical trials.

Other cardiovascular disease diagnoses

For simple to complex conditions, patients may turn to a nationally-recognized hospital dedicated to heart and vascular disease for their second opinion.

Thoracic outlet syndrome

For simple to complex conditions, patients may turn to a nationally-recognized hospital dedicated to heart and vascular disease for their second opinion.


About Cardiovascular Second Opinions

Patients who are seeking a second opinion may wish to explore treatment options or technology that may not be readily available in their immediate area. As a part of Baylor Scott & White Health, through Baylor Scott & White Research Institute, patients may have options available via clinical trials and studies. We regularly care for patients not only from Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma, but also from across the US as well as internationally. Our team is accustomed to assisting patients from the time of diagnosis through procedures or surgery and post follow-up care in collaboration with individual physician offices or clinics.

Specifically, the Cardiovascular Second Opinions program assists in the coordination of appointments with specialists on our medical staff and any additional follow-up, including diagnostic testing that may be required. Our team will help facilitate next steps and work with you regarding your current medical records. Before beginning your second opinion request, you may wish to research your insurance coverage, or we can provide assistance depending on your specific need.

Contact Cardiovascular Second Opinions

If you have any questions or wish assistance in starting a second opinion request, please fill out the form below and the registered nurses with Cardiovascular Second Opinions at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital - Dallas will contact you and help you with next steps.

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