At South Strand Cardiology, conducting your second opinion means that we will thoroughly review and discuss your symptoms and medical history with you – to carefully screen, evaluate, and assess the treatment options most likely to benefit you.
Receiving a diagnosis that you have something wrong with your heart can be life-changing and intensely emotional. Fortunately, seeking multiple medical opinions is an effective way to confirm the accuracy of this information, as well as receive more clarity on all aspects related to it. Research has shown time and again the importance of consulting additional trusted healthcare professionals for second perspectives about diagnoses like these – don’t be afraid if you decide to go down this path as many doctors who understand will welcome it.
Taking the time to get a second opinion from a heart specialist can be extremely beneficial for your health – and most insurance plans will cover it. You could understand more about what is causing your condition, solidify an accurate diagnosis, learn of available treatment options that suit you best, and ultimately have peace of mind in knowing you received all necessary information before starting any treatments.
If you have a heart diagnosis and feel uneasy, getting a second opinion may be beneficial. Confirm that the recommended course of action is right for your situation – especially if there seems to be a rush to make decisions on your treatment plan or if invasive options are being suggested. Don’t settle with “nothing more can be done” until an additional expert has weighed in. We understand how this affects both yourself and those close to you, so it is ideal to ensure that you are fully informed when making medical choices. Continue to get information and seek medical opinions until you feel reassured that you have the most thorough diagnosis from your healthcare provider.
Upon seeking a second opinion, be sure to have your medical information handy or get copies of your records from your current doctor. Drafting your questions prior to your visit can help to ensure your memory and that all of your concerns can be addressed. Questions may include asking about potential alternatives to the diagnosis presented, what it means for your family life and lifestyle, available treatments along with their risks and benefits – as well as any related side effects on medication – as well as changes in your routine that may be required for an improved outcome.
Your heart is the engine that drives your life, and taking care of it should be a priority. Heart conditions can batter away at cardiovascular health for years before noticeable symptoms arise, so time has an important role in prevention – detecting issues early increases our chances to control or even avoid them altogether through lifestyle changes like regular exercise and healthy eating habits.
Patients who have been diagnosed with any of the following heart conditions may benefit from a professional second opinion
A patient Cardiology Second Opinion Screening & Assessment may take up to an hour. We make every attempt to stay on a timely schedule.
Following your appointment, information regarding your visit, including lab reports and office notes, can be obtained through the South Strand Cardiology Patient Portal. The portal also allows for payments to be submitted online, and it is designed to provide you with 24/7 access to your health information maintained by our practice. We aim to keep your information updated in a timely manner, however, results from certain tests may take several days to receive and input into your portal records.
WE WELCOME UNINSURED PATIENTS
We provide cardiac care for our patients who have no health insurance coverage whenever possible. For such patients, we offer a comprehensive cardiac screening program – with subsequent follow up visits as needed – that may include an initial clinical evaluation and examination, medical history review, physical, comprehensive basic lab work, EKG (and/or ECHO, Carotid Doppler, Abdominal Aorta screening), follow up labs, and office visits at a lower cost depending upon the needs of the patient. If you are interested in this program, or would like more information, please contact us.