Cardiac Second Opinion Program
It’s very easy to request a cardiac second opinion. Simply contact us via phone or our online contact form.
You will speak to one of our nurse coordinators who will ask you questions about your medical history, assist you in acquiring your medical information from your current provider and schedule your appointment with the cardiac expert that is best suited to assess for your condition. We will work with you and your insurance provider to make sure your visits are covered.
What You Can Expect
The Froedtert & the Medical College Cardiac Second Opinion Program is an opportunity for you to explore more options regarding your heart condition. The Program includes:
- Assistance from a nurse coordinator who will arrange your appointments, help you acquire all the test and treatment information available from your current medical provider and work with you on your follow-up care plan.
- Ability to see one of our highly regarded Medical College of Wisconsin cardiologists or cardiac surgeons.
- Quick scheduling with a first appointment available within 72 hours of contacting us (within weekday business hours).
- A customized care plan within 2-3 visits, with a letter to you and your physician describing our findings and suggested next steps. It’s what we call “the Froedtert & the Medical College Way.”
The Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Heart and Vascular Center is located at Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. The Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery Clinics are located in our Specialty Clinics Building. Appointments are also available at Froedtert Health Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls and Froedtert Health St. Joseph Hospital in West Bend. Get addresses and directions to these locations.
It will likely take multiple visits to develop the best opinion. We anticipate that two visits will be needed for us review your situation and recommend the best course of treatment for you. Those visits include:
If your prior records have been sent, the team will review them in advance of your appointment to help determine what you may need at this point. This could include ordering additional tests or treatments at the same time as this appointment. Our physicians will work with you so that we do not repeat tests or treatments unless absolutely necessary.
If your records have not been sent in advance, this appointment will be used to make a comprehensive review of your medical history and order any additional tests/treatments.
If your records have been sent, this appointment will be used as a comprehensive session with the physician and nurse to discuss your current condition and recommendation for additional steps. At this point, you will be presented with a letter and a packet which will outline the information presented in the visit. The letter and packet will contain recommendations, findings, alternatives and next steps. No additional visits are necessary unless indicated by the diagnosis.
If your records have not been sent in advance, this appointment will be used to have additional tests and treatments based on the first visit. For instance, if the cardiac cath is unreadable or dated, you could be requested to have a new cath. A third visit, similar to that outlined above, will then be scheduled as a comprehensive session with the physician and nurse to discuss your current condition and recommendation of additional steps.