Restrictive cardiomyopathy is a heart muscle disease wherein the ventricles, or the lower chambers of the heart, are unable to expand when they fill with blood. This is due to the abnormal rigidity of their walls, which can be caused by scar tissue, protein buildup, radiation, chemotherapy, or excessive amounts of iron in the heart. When the ventricles fail to expand, the heart will not be able to pump properly leading to heart failure.
Patients diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy will require long-term care to manage the condition and prevent its serious complications. Advanced imaging technologies such as electrocardiogram, cardiac catheterisation, computed tomography or CT scans, and magnetic resonance imaging or MRI may be used to monitor the condition. However, if it becomes too severe, some patients may require a heart transplant. Thus, it is for patients’ best interests to seek medical care from a fully equipped cardiac care centre, many of which can now be found in Southeast Asia.
Many of Southeast Asia’s cardiac facilities are considered some of the best in the world and are also some of the reasons why the region has become known as a medical tourism hotspot in the past several years. The region’s medical infrastructure has improved immensely over the past decade, and a lot of major improvements were focused on cardiology, which is one of the region’s top specialties. Equipped with advanced imaging technology and led by world-class heart doctors with qualifications from the United States and other Western countries, many of the region’s heart centres are accredited by the prestigious Joint Commission International (JCI) and International Standards Organisation.
Aside from top quality medical care, patients who opt to travel to Southeast Asia can also expect to enjoy shorter wait times, cheaper accommodation, and significantly lower healthcare costs, which can be up to 75% less when compared to Western countries.