Why You Should Consider a Second Opinion for Heart Care

Research suggests experience is critical

Why You Should Consider a Second Opinion for Heart Care

Do you have a heart condition? If you are seeking a second opinion, it’s important that the hospital or medical center you are considering has a lot of experience treating patients with the same condition as you.

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Cleveland Clinic, a nonprofit academic medical center led by doctors, has the largest cardiovascular practice in the United States. More patients with heart and vascular conditions have been treated at Cleveland Clinic’s Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute than at any other hospital in America. Cleveland Clinic has some of the best outcomes in the nation and has been ranked the no.1 hospital in the country for cardiovascular care for 23 years in a row by U.S. News and World Report.

In order to ensure the best care possible for your condition, it is important to have access to a wide range of expertise and treatment options. Not all hospitals offer this level of care and skill, and you may want to consider traveling to a different location to receive the right treatment for you.

Do you need a second opinion?

Getting a second opinion at Cleveland Clinic affords you the opportunity to see specialists that treat patients with every level of disease, from the most common to the rarest of conditions. Our doctors work with teams of experts to address multiple health concerns and challenges in treatment.

Finding out you have heart disease can be scary, especially if you need treatment for the problem. You may not be sure you are getting the best advice.

A second opinion can help ease your mind by confirming you have been diagnosed properly and that you are getting the correct treatment. Cleveland Clinic offers many cutting-edge treatment options that may not be available at your local medical center.

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Many patients who have second opinions at Cleveland Clinic also learn that treatment is possible, even after other doctors have told them there is nothing they can do to help them get better. Our cardiologists and surgeons work together to understand your cardiovascular condition and help you choose the best treatment option for you. You will receive an expert opinion based on the latest research and technology and learn about the benefits and risks of each treatment.

There are two options for second opinions at Cleveland Clinic:

  1. Schedule an appointment. We would be happy to schedule an appointment for you with one of our medical specialists. To make an appointment, call 833.217.2419.
  2. Request a remote second opinion. If you want a second opinion but do not want to travel to Cleveland Clinic, you can use our secure online second opinion service, MyConsult. MyConsult allows you to get a second opinion from one of our medical specialists without leaving your house. Learn more about this service online. If you choose to use MyConsult, you will send your records and test results to Cleveland Clinic for evaluation by a heart specialist. The specialist will provide you with a second opinion, including treatment options, in a secure web environment. This service is $565. Once we receive your information, your second opinion report will be available within 10-14 business days.

How can you tell if one medical center is better than another?

It is important to consider volume, outcomes and physician experience when choosing where to receive cardiovascular care.

Although there are many excellent cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and vascular surgeons across the nation, It makes a difference where you are treated. Government and university studies show that patients have the best outcomes when they are treated at centers that have the greatest number of patients and experience.  Cleveland Clinic cardiac cardiologists and surgeons have experience with every possible problem related to the heart and vascular system.

Cleveland Clinic is also dedicated to your care after you leave the hospital. Communication and collaboration with your local doctors is essential to make sure you receive the best care after you return home. You may choose to have your follow-up care with your local doctors, but we welcome the opportunity to continue your care with Cleveland Clinic.

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Cleveland Clinic’s MyChart service is a safe way to view your medical information online and send non-urgent messages to your healthcare team. In addition, nurses are available 24/7 to answer questions by phone after you leave the hospital.

If you decide you would like a second opinion or want to explore treatment at Cleveland Clinic, please contact us at www.clevelandclinic.org/heartnurse.

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