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Cardiovascular Second Opinions

Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas
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Offering heart patients looking for second opinions greater peace of mind for more than two decades

The cardiovascular second opinion 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, 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 securing a second opinion often helps patients find greater peace of mind regarding a new diagnosis or a pending surgery.

A male heart doctor reviews patient data on a tablet as part of the cardiovascular second opinion program.
Conditions and procedures
Newly diagnosed patients facing major surgery or an interventional procedure may wish to research options or find additional experts to provide resources. It is important you feel confident and informed before proceeding with a treatment option or interventional procedure, not left with questions. The team working with the Cardiovascular Second Opinions program is here to assist you every step of the way. Patients may request a virtual 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.
Insuficiencia cardiaca
For patients diagnosed with heart failure, the program provides opinions regarding the 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.

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