Non-rheumatic pulmonary stenosis is a cardiovascular condition that causes the pulmonary valve to malfunction. Although it is a common complication of rheumatic fever, its main cause is a congenital defect that hinders the pulmonary valve from developing normally prior to birth. Many cases of non-rheumatic pulmonary stenosis are treated with balloon valvuloplasty, a minimally invasive procedure that uses a balloon catheter to perform valve replacement or repair.
Comprehensive cardiovascular care is widely available in Southeast Asia and can be taken advantage of by both local and international patients. The region, which is now a renowned medical tourism hub, is home to many Western-trained, US board-certified surgeons who allow patients to achieve the best treatment outcomes for their condition without the need to travel to the US.
The quality of medical care offered in the region has radically improved over the past several years, and cardiology has remained one of its strongest suits. Countries like Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia have many advanced, fully equipped, and internationally recognised heart centres that offer comprehensive treatment for all cardiovascular conditions including non-rheumatic pulmonary stenosis.
Southeast Asia is also home to various medical facilities accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI) including Thailand’s Bangkok Hospital Medical Center, which has one of the best heart care programmes in the country and Singapore’s Changi General Hospital, which features JCI-certified cardiac care programmes and a long list of heart specialists with international qualifications. These hospitals have also raised the standards of nursing care, overall hospital service, and hospitality by going out of their way to make international patients feel right at home throughout their journey.