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Cardiovascular Second Opinion Center

The first choice for a second opinion

Get a second opinion from one of the nation's most elite cardiovascular hospitals

As an award-winning cardiovascular treatment institution, Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano has been known for more than a decade for its advanced minimally invasive and surgical treatment of heart and vascular conditions and delivery of quality care and outcomes.

If you’ve been told there is no treatment option for your complex cardiovascular condition, or if an invasive procedure such as open-heart surgery has been recommended, getting a second opinion can not only give you peace of mind but may result in a less invasive treatment option.


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Know all of your options

Contrary to popular belief, many doctors welcome opinions from other physicians. In fact, the American College of Surgeons has deemed a second opinion before surgery as good medical practice.

Many times, an expert second opinion can reinforce your current treatment strategy, providing comfort in moving forward. A second opinion may also result in less invasive treatment options or those that can be performed on an outpatient basis, potentially reducing pain, recovery time and cost.

Many people seek a second opinion based on:

  • A specific cardiovascular specialization that may be necessary
  • A higher level of experience from the physician and treatment team
  • A facility with a positive regional or national reputation
  • Access to new technology or innovative treatment options

Comprehensive, personalized recommendations

After meeting with you and conducting a thorough evaluation of your records, our team will generate a comprehensive report prepared exclusively for you. Each report includes an overview of the cardiovascular team’s opinion of your condition and your medical history, physical examination and testing (including images if appropriate). The report will conclude with our team’s expert opinion about the best treatment option for you.

Physicians in the Second Opinion Center may consult with experts at one of the 10 specialty clinics at The Heart Hospital - Plano Outpatient Services. These clinics give them access to multi-disciplinary teams who focus on subspecialties like heart failure, heart rhythm, heart valve/structural issues and even diabetic wound treatment. Patients will benefit from the expertise of these specialists, ensuring their second opinion has been thoroughly examined.

In addition to an examination of your case, patients may undergo simple or complex diagnostic tests such as:

  • CT scans
  • Echocardiograms
  • Nuclear medicine studies
  • Exercise stress testing
  • Vascular testing for circulation problems
  • Pulmonary function tests

The Second Opinion Center experts may also recommend that patients participate in advanced research studies and clinical trials they qualify for underway at The Heart Hospital – Plano.

Navigating your treatment options

The Cardiovascular Second Opinion Center provides each patient with a personal second opinion nurse coordinator

Health insurers frequently cover second opinions for medically necessary procedures and, in some cases, even require them prior to approving coverage for treatment.

Your nurse coordinator can pre-determine any coverage issues to help you avoid unnecessary costs. The coordinator will also arrange the transfer of all your previous medical records and perform a remote telemedicine visit for your initial appointment to determine the need for travel for a face-to-face visit.


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Our team aims to make your visit convenient and efficient

For guests traveling from out of town, the Second Opinion Center offers a convenient one-stop-shop approach. If multiple visits and appointments are required based on a patient’s condition, our team will make every effort to consolidate them into one day.

In addition, our team will make recommendations for nearby hotels that offer specialized pricing for The Heart Hospital - Plano patients and resources for restaurants, tourist attractions, and things to do in the area.


What you can expect


Each patient’s case is unique. Our recommendations will include the recommended course of action for treatment and guide patients through the next steps in their journey.

Our goal is to either validate the original treatment plan or provide patients with alternatives that may be best suited for their individual needs.

Our team will follow-up with your physician and discuss the recommended treatment plan with them.

The most common scenarios are:

  • The patient is referred back to their primary physician to continue with the originally planned treatment
  • The patient could be referred to a physician in their hometown area who would be appropriate to care for them
  • The patient could be treated by both their primary physician and a physician on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano to coordinate specialized care
  • The patient could be treated by a physician on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano and referred back to their hometown physician who will follow up with them on a scheduled basis
  • The patient may come back to the Second Opinion Center for a follow-up appointment

Nationally ranked cardiovascular care


Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano has been recognized in the top 1% percent of hospitals for cardiovascular surgical quality and outcomes, as well as being ranked one of the most elite hospitals in the nation by leading medical organizations. We perform the 3rd largest number of mitral valve surgeries and 4th largest number of coronary artery bypass (CABG) surgeries in the nation, and the 7th largest number of robotic surgeries in the world.

U.S. News & World Report

  • Ranked 40th in the nation in Cardiology & Heart Surgery in the 2021-22 America’s Best Hospitals guide.
  • Ranked as High Performing in seven categories: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair, Aortic Valve Surgery, Heart Attack, Heart Bypass Surgery, Congestive Heart Failure, Lung Cancer Surgery and Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR).

Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) 3-Star Rating

Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano has received two 3-star quality ratings (the highest rating possible) for aortic valve replacement (AVR) and aortic valve replacement surgery plus coronary artery bypass graft surgery (AVR + CABG).

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 5-Star Quality Rating

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has given our hospital a 5-star rating, the highest possible, making us one of only 407 hospitals out of 4,500+ to receive this ranking. This designation places us in the top 8% of hospitals nationwide.

Newsweek Magazine

Ranked among the World’s Best Hospitals in cardiology for 2020–2021.


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