Tony S. Das, Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital Plano

Cardiac/Interventional Cardiologist

About the Expert

Dr. Das is a nationally recognized board-certified interventional cardiology specialist. He completed his medical degree at Baylor Medical School, an internship and residency at Harvard Mass General Hospital in Boston, and a fellowship at Texas Heart Institute. He is actively involved in clinical research, has received numerous national awards and honors, and specializes in minimally invasive, nonsurgical therapy for heart and peripheral vascular disease.


Q&A

Should I get a second opinion from another interventional cardiologist, and why?

Getting a second opinion is essential for a variety of reasons. Most of all, it gives you peace of mind. It’s natural to feel hesitant about having a cardiac procedure performed, and you want to make sure you’re making the best decision. At the Second Opinion Clinic at Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital Plano, we see many patients who want to better understand their diagnosis and prognosis and wonder if a less-invasive treatment option is available. Some patients feel things are simply moving too fast for them to make an informed decision. If the case doesn’t warrant immediate intervention, getting a second opinion is a wise decision.

Will my current doctor get offended if I get a second opinion?

Good doctors aren’t generally offended if a patient wants a second opinion. Doctors want their patients to feel confident in their decision and support getting a second opinion, even if it’s just to reassure the patient that their recommendation is the best option.

Generally, what options are available to me?

We offer both in-person and convenient telehealth appointments as part of a comprehensive second opinion at the Second Opinion Clinic. Information such as your recent imaging, medical history, including any interventional therapy or surgery performed, lab work, and more that your initial physician used to recommend a treatment plan can be sent to us to review. We’ll create a personalized report from this and information we gleaned during your appointment, then suggest possibilities and options as appropriate.

From a treatment perspective, each patient is unique. But I’d like to point out that we have access to trials and research protocols at Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital that aren’t typically available elsewhere in the Metroplex. So, this could mean more options being available to you.

I’ve been told nothing can be done. What should I do?

Frequently, there is something that can be done for complex cardiovascular disease. The options include changes in medical therapy, minimally invasive procedures, or even state-of-the-art surgery. The Heart Hospital Plano has expertise in each of these options due to the collaborative approach between the physician specialists.

We take a fresh look at your case and review it with a multidisciplinary team of collaborative heart care specialists. It could mean that after you’ve been told nothing should be done elsewhere, our highly experienced, specialized team will make a different recommendation based on our review of your case.

Who will my doctor be at the Second Opinion Clinic?

As the Second Opinion Clinic’s medical director, I’ll review your case and the outcome of our team review, then work with our specialists who will together determine a course of action and which doctors you’ll see. The patient doesn’t have to worry about finding, for instance, an electrophysiologist. We’ll develop your individualized treatment plan and identify the medical team required to follow through on your plan.


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