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Second Opinion FAQs
Below are some frequently asked questions about the second opinion process. Please note that the answers are not all-inclusive and may not be applicable for international requests.
What can I expect from a second opinion?
You may be asked some follow-up questions to help collect the necessary details, records and paperwork from your current clinical care team.
Once we’ve received all the necessary information, a member of our team will get back to you with a formal second opinion. Our team will maintain close contact with you during the entire request period – we encourage families to partner with us to ensure clinical information is being sent in a timely manner, so that we can provide our second opinion as soon as possible.
Who can request a second opinion?
When can I request a second opinion?
At any point in your care plan. Even if treatment has already started, a second opinion can help guide changes in care.
Do I need to have anything prepared before requesting a second opinion?
Since all health records are obtained directly from your primary or referring care team, it is not required for you to provide those documents.
Is there a charge for a second opinion?
Will further testing (echocardiograms, ultrasounds, etc.) be required for the second opinion?
Sometimes we need updated tests or more clear images. If we do require more tests or images to deliver our opinion, we will connect with you to discuss the next steps needed to coordinate these tests at your local hospital, or to conduct these tests at our hospital (if preferred).
Will my primary cardiologist be offended that I’m requesting a second opinion?
Ultimately, it is your right to understand the specifics of your case and your options for treatment and management. We hope that a second opinion helps you feel more confident and empowered in your care decisions.