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SE Asia Breaks Boundaries in Treating Pulmonary Embolism

Pulmonary embolism is an obstruction in the pulmonary artery. It is usually caused by a blood clot, which, if not removed in time, can impair blood flow to the lungs and put a person’s life in danger. Unfortunately, this condition is challenging to diagnose, let alone treat. Patients will require a number of tests to ensure an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment recommendations. Once diagnosed, patients are usually given the first line of treatment, which involves the use of certain medications such as warfarin and heparin, among others.

For severe cases, ultrasound-enhanced, catheter-directed thrombolysis is performed to improve the patient’s prognosis. This advanced new procedure delivers thrombolytic medication through a catheter and is performed under the guidance of high-frequency, low-energy ultrasound waves. This minimally invasive procedure can help patients get back on their feet shortly after with a lower risk of complications.

Southeast Asian countries, such as Singapore and Thailand, are particularly known for performing minimally invasive procedures. As part of their bid to become the next big medical tourism hub, these countries have invested heavily in modern medical facilities and international training for their doctors. This resulted in a large number of forward-thinking medical professionals who are fully capable of meeting global standards in healthcare, bringing ASEAN healthcare standards up to par with Western standards, without raising the prices of healthcare in the region. Thus, medical tourists seeking medical care in Southeast Asia can take advantage of the highest possible quality of care and undergo advanced minimally invasive treatments at less than half of what Western hospitals normally charge.

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