Myocardial infarction, more commonly known as a heart attack, occurs when the heart or a portion of it does not get an adequate supply of oxygen. It is commonly caused by a blood clot or an obstruction in the branches or arteries of the heart. Heart attacks vary greatly in severity. Some may produce only mild symptoms, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, or fainting. Some, however, are more severe and lead to serious complications such as stroke, heart arrhythmia, or an aneurysm. Up to a quarter of heart attack sufferers pass away before receiving treatment, and those who survive the condition face an increased risk of subsequent and more severe episodes.
Thus, patients who have survived a myocardial infarction should seek special medical care from a cardiologist. They are also advised to undergo comprehensive diagnostic procedures designed to assess the condition of their heart, especially if they experienced little to no symptoms prior to the heart attack. Since most heart attacks are associated with an underlying heart disease, such as atherosclerosis, it is important that patients undergo electrocardiography (ECG) and cardiac imaging studies, such as coronary angiography and cardiac PET scan, advanced procedures that accurately diagnose serious heart diseases.
One of the biggest concerns patients have regarding these diagnostic tests is their cost. Fortunately, patients now have the option to visit Southeast Asia, where hospitals offer all types of advanced diagnostic tests for cardiac conditions at up to 75% less than what Western hospitals charge for them.
By going to Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia, patients will not only save money but will also gain access to some of the world’s most distinguished cardiac specialists and hospitals that are accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI).
Thailand’s leading medical facility, Bumrungrad International, houses a dedicated heart centre where patients can consult directly with internationally acclaimed heart specialists. Many of the hospital’s cardiologists were trained in various countries such as USA, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. These specialists contribute greatly to the advancement of medical tourism in the region as they bring the best of the world’s cardiac care technologies to Southeast Asia.