There are many reasons you may choose to seek a second opinion about AF, the most common being that you aren’t confident about your doctor’s plan for your treatment or that you feel rushed and have not had sufficient time to discuss things fully and a second opinion will give you that time you need to make a better informed decision.
Other reasons to get a second opinion include:
Your first port of call when looking for a second opinion is usually your GP, but you may fear upsetting your doctor by asking. However, your doctor only has your health and wellbeing in mind and should be more than happy to recommend a suitable cardiologist specialising in arrhythmia if you ask for this.
When looking for a second opinion or a specialist in AF you could consider:
If your second opinion recommends the same or a very similar course of action then you can rest assured you are being offered the right treatment and can set about trying the new medication or arranging your procedure.
If however you second opinion differs from that of your GP or other cardiologist, then the best thing to do is go with the best assessment. The rule of thumb is to decide which doctor gives you the most confidence and which plan makes the most sense to you, involves the least amount of risk and focuses on the medical issues that are most important to you.
If you have any specific fears or questions about your treatment, have them prepared for your doctor before going to the second opinion. Having specific questions means that the appointment can be more focused resulting in a better second opinion.