Heart failure is a medical condition that occurs when the heart muscle fails to pump enough blood to the body. This leads to several complications such as fatigue, shortness of breath, and difficulty performing motor functions. There are now many procedures aimed at managing and treating heart failure. These include the use of implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT), heart transplant, angioplasty, coronary artery bypass, and heart valve replacement.
In many countries around the world, such treatments can be either too costly or not widely available. This is the main reason why many patients consider medical tourism. Right now, one of the best medical tourism destinations is Southeast Asia.
The region is known for its excellent medical services thanks to its many Joint Commission International (JCI)-accredited hospitals, which can be found in Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia. These hospitals guarantee Western standards of care as they feature breakthrough cardiac care technologies, high-powered imaging equipment, and a huge number of cardiologists trained in Western countries.
For patients’ reference, JCI has a list of accredited hospitals in Southeast Asia. Changi General Hospital in Singapore is the first hospital in the world to be awarded two certifications for cardiac programmes. In 2007, it received certification for its Heart Failure and Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) Programmes, both of which were re-accredited in 2010.
Changi General Hospital’s cardiac care department currently focuses on several minimally invasive procedures such as pacemaker therapy, cardiac catheterisation, emergency angioplasty, coronary angiography, and acute PTCA or balloon angioplasty. These less invasive procedures are as effective as their conventional surgical counterparts, but are less risky and easier to recover from.