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Heart & Vascular Center

Heart Second Opinion Program

If you’ve been diagnosed with a heart condition, it is essential to consider every alternative. That’s why we offer the Heart Second Opinion Program – to provide you with immediate access to the most talented cardiologists and cardiac surgeons in the nation.

The Heart Second Opinion Program at Barnes-Jewish & Washington University Heart & Vascular Center includes quick coordination of appointments with physicians and follow-up care based on your specific needs. Our physicians will spend the time to help you understand your options and to customize a care plan specifically for you. A second opinion can ease your mind, possibly prevent an unnecessary procedure, or provide you with an alternative option to consider.

Do You Need a Heart Second Opinion?

The Heart Second Opinion Program was created for patients diagnosed with any heart condition, or for patients who have been told they need a heart-related surgical procedure.

Some patients have already had heart surgery and are now experiencing new symptoms. Others want to know if their medication regimen is the best for them. We also see patients who feel like they aren’t being taken seriously, or patients who want to explore every option and seek the latest advancements in surgical and medical treatment. These are all legitimate reasons to seek a second opinion.

By definition, you must first see a cardiologist or cardiac surgeon to receive a second opinion. If you don't currently have a cardiologist, we can schedule an appointment for you with one of our top-rated heart specialists.

Some of the diagnoses or procedures we typically provide second opinions for include:
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Heart failure
  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Ablation
  • Mitral or aortic valve repair or replacement
  • Bypass surgery
  • Heart transplant
  • Minimally invasive heart surgery
  • Transmyocardial revascularization
  • Maze procedure
  • Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)
  • Aneurysm
  • Arrhythmia
  • Stents
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)
  • Other cardiovascular disease

To make an appointment or for more information about the Heart Second Opinion Program, call .

Ralph Damiano, MD

Cardiac Surgeon, Barnes-Jewish & Washington University Heart & Vascular Center

 
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