Carotid artery stenosis is a medical condition characterised by the narrowing of the carotid artery, a large blood vessel located on both sides of the neck. This condition is often caused by atherosclerosis, in which plaque buildup in the blood vessel wall. By itself, the buildup of plaque often does not cause any problematic symptoms. However, when these plaques break off, they could travel and get stuck in smaller blood vessels and restrict the flow of blood to the brain. When this happens, the patient can experience a stroke and possibly die.
Patients with this condition are advised to seek medical treatment as soon as possible to avoid serious and life-threatening complications. Those who seek the highest quality of medical care that meets international standards but want to save on cost can travel to Southeast Asia where medical tourism hubs – Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia – are located. In these countries, numerous hospitals that are accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI) offer specialist medical care for a fraction of the cost of getting treatment in Western countries such as the United States and United Kingdom. These hospitals, which are well equipped with advanced medical technologies and state-of-the-art facilities, are staffed by highly qualified specialists. Most of these specialists have local and international qualifications and have studied or trained at some of the most prestigious medical schools in the West. This winning combination – JCI accredited hospitals, advanced medical technologies, and internationally trained specialists, is the main reason why the region attracts a large number of foreign patients from other countries in Southeast Asia as well as those from Western countries. The high quality of care provided in the region does not translate to high costs. When compared to the United States and United Kingdom, comprehensive treatment for carotid artery stenosis, which includes delicate procedures such as carotid endarterectomy, is up to 75% cheaper.