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Heart rhythm disorders are serious conditions. You will want to know what treatment options you have available, what options are best for you, and the hospital that offers the best possible outcome.

At the Swedish Heart and Vascular Institute, we’re happy to give second opinions to patients who are considering treatment for atrial fibrillation or other heart rhythm disorders at another hospital. And we support our own patients in seeking another opinion if that will give them additional peace of mind.

You may want a second opinion if:

  • you have a complicated or unusual heart condition
  • your medications are no longer working and you now need to consider a procedure
  • you already had a procedure(s) that did not correct your condition
  • your cardiologist suggests that nothing more can or should be done and you want to learn more about minimally invasive surgery
  • you want confirmation of your test results and more information about your heart condition.

While you might feel a bit hesitant to get a second opinion because you don’t want to offend your doctor, remember that the vast majority of physicians actually welcome second opinions. A second opinion can validate your doctor’s own thinking and provide additional information to improve your proposed treatment plan.

Getting a Second Opinion

Here at Swedish we see many patients seeking a second opinion for the treatment of their atrial fibrillation. If you’d like a second opinion from us, call us at 206-861-8550 for an appointment. We’ll do our best to assure a prompt appointment (usually within a few days) with one of our three electrophysiologists.

What to Ask

When getting a second opinion, consider asking these questions:

  • Have you reviewed all the reports, tests, and procedures related to my case?
  • Was all of the data sufficient to make a firm diagnosis?
  • Would another test or procedure give more complete information?
  • If you agree with the initial diagnosis, can you recommend any revisions to the proposed treatment plan?
  • Can you reassure me that we have explored all options?

Who to Call

If you’d like a second opinion from Swedish, call 206-861-8550. We’ll help you determine which physician you should see and help set up an appointment. We can also arrange for medical records, images and lab reports to be sent to the right place.