Hyperlipidemia is a medical condition characterised by abnormally high level of lipids or fat proteins in the blood. It can be caused by genetics or various risk factors, such as cigarette smoking, obesity, poor diet, and lack of exercise.
If left uncontrolled, hyperlipidemia can put a patient at risk of heart disease, including aortic valve disease in which the flow of blood going to the heart becomes restricted.
Patients with hyperlipidemia should consult a cardiac specialist and undergo cardiac diagnostic screening to fully assess their risk of heart disease. Unfortunately, top quality cardiac care can cost a lot these days, which explains why more and more patients who need cardiac screening and treatment now flock to Southeast Asia.
Currently a popular medical tourism hotspot, Southeast Asia rose to fame due to the high-quality yet low-cost medical care offered in the region. Unlike developed countries in the West that charge a premium for advanced world-class medical care, many countries in Asia are economically positioned to offer their medical services at a lower price.
Despite the generally lower cost of healthcare in the region, countries such as Singapore and Thailand have complete facilities that can assist patients from the screening stage to the treatment stage.
In the event that patients are found to be at risk of heart disease, they will also have ready access to top quality cardiac care because cardiology is one of the top medical specialties in Southeast Asia. Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia have world-renowned cardiac care centres that specialise in the management of cardiovascular diseases. Singapore was the first in Southeast Asia to have a dedicated heart centre while Malaysia has the Malaysian National Heart Institute, the country’s largest cardiovascular centre and a renowned training centre for cardiologists from all over the world. These fully equipped, world-class medical facilities are ready to assess and treat patients suffering from hyperlipidemia and its complications.