Cardiac arrest is a medical condition brought on by a sudden and abrupt loss of heart function. It is a medical emergency treated with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and a defibrillator with the goal to restore the normal rhythm of the heart. After receiving emergency care, all cardiac arrest survivors should consult a heart specialist who can fully assess their risk or diagnose an existing heart problem. Although cardiac arrest is a common occurrence among patients who have a diagnosed heart condition, it can also affect patients who have no known history of heart disease.
There have been several breakthroughs in cardiac diagnostics over the past several years that are now being used to accurately diagnose heart disease. One example is the cardiac PET scan, which detects heart problems and helps doctors assess whether cardiac procedures, such as a coronary artery bypass surgery or an angioplasty, can benefit the patient. Although these advanced procedures are quite expensive in the United States or Europe, they are available in Southeast Asia for up to 75% less of what they would cost in the West.
The affordability of high-quality, world-class medical diagnosis and treatment in Southeast Asia is the key reason why the region is now recognised a leading medical tourism hub. Patients are offered not only the most advanced diagnostic and medical care but also significant cost savings. The lower price, however, does not translate to poor quality as Southeast Asia’s top-notch medical tourism destinations have successfully built world-class medical infrastructures and healthcare systems that can compete with those in the US and UK.
Cardiac care is a top specialty in Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia. Most of these countries' Joint Commission International (JCI)-accredited hospitals feature a dedicated cardiology centre. These heart centres use advanced, comprehensive, and holistic approaches for the early detection, treatment, surgical intervention, rehabilitation, and prevention of heart diseases. They are also home to cardiac specialists with training and experience in countries such as the USA, Canada, Australia, Belgium, and the UK. Some of them are cardiac rehabilitation professionals who can help cardiac arrest survivors get back on their feet and prevent subsequent episodes.
The robust medical infrastructures in the region, as well as the top-notch quality of dedicated specialist care it offers, make Southeast Asia the ideal option for patients searching for breakthrough yet affordable cardiac diagnostics and treatments.