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  • Friday,February 27th, 2009

    by Denise

    Many developing countries have come to realize the enormous advantage when it comes to medical tourism accreditation. Accreditation by various global organizations ensures that healthcare providers in a multitude of scenarios are providing high quality, educated, and experienced care that utilizes modern technology as well as techniques and methods to provide services for natives as well as medical travelers who come to seek such services.

    International accreditation standards are focused on patient care, as well as continuity of care, referrals, discharge protocols and procedures, follow-ups, and transfer of patients to other facilities or specialists. The accreditation process ensures that medical providers as well as hospital and medical facilities are able to identify and determine medical needs of patients before they are admitted.

    Since more medical tourists are heading to international destinations for cost-effective medical care, accredited hospitals and medical tourism businesses and centers will benefit when such facilities are able to display and prove such accreditation.

    Five-star hospitals as well as those accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) or the Joint Commission International (JCI) receive higher ratings, income, and interest from medical travelers. Accreditation standards are developed by international task force and form the basic building blocks for regional as well as country models as a benchmark for quality of patient care and safety in that region.

    Either the Joint Commission International (JCI) or the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) should accredit reputable medical institutions, no matter where they are located.

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    Thursday,February 26th, 2009

    by Denise

    JCI stands for Joint Commission International, an accrediting organization. Accreditation (in the healthcare field) is a process of assessing a medical facility to make sure it meets basic standards and requirements for providing quality of care.

    Undergoing the accreditation process is voluntary and provides a means of gauging the commitment of any healthcare facility or a provider to ensure a safe environment as well as reduce risks to both patients and staff members. The most commonly used evaluation and management method around the world, JCI credentials are an important measure of the credibility and quality of a multitude of medical facilities.

    What is JCI’s Function and Mission?

    The Joint Commission International supports quality care among healthcare organizations around the globe and works with the World Health Organization, and with national accreditation programs and agencies. JCI standards and evaluation methods are created by health professionals in global health sectors, and can be tested in all world regions. The standards of the Joint Commission International apply to health care organizations and systems and are designed to support and sustain improvement in patient care and safety.

    The goals of the Joint Commission International are to reduce risks, adverse effects, and consistently improve healthcare methods and procedures. The JCI works with hospitals, health providers, medical consultants, government agencies, and patients to provide standards, rules, and processes for medical facilities.

    In order to be competitive and to reassure medical travelers that medical standards are up to date and training and expertise are followed through, foreign medical facilities in medical tourism destinations like India, Singapore, Thailand, Mexico, Brazil and Croatia, Hungary, Jordan and Ukraine are accredited by recognized accreditation organizations from the U.S. and abroad.

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    Wednesday,February 25th, 2009

    by Denise

    One of the most well-known accreditation agencies in the world are the Joint Commission, the Joint Commission International and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, (JC and JCAHO), the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua), the Accreditation Commission for Health Care, Inc. (ACHC), and the Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation (HQAA).

    Global healthcare in destinations such as Thailand, Singapore, India, South America, Egypt, Jordan, Hungary, Turkey and Croatia also see the need to show high standards and quality of medical care, and have taken steps to be accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI) as well as the Society for International Healthcare Accreditation (SOFIHA) based out of Britain.

    The Joint Commission and others designed like it evaluate medical facilities based on a standard of requirements that must be met in order to ‘pass’ inspection.

    Accreditation guidelines ensure an external review and evaluation of quality as well as management practices in a wide range of medical fields and scenarios. The focus is on patient care, from the moment they access care to when they are discharged from a hospital or medical facility.

    Individuals wishing to find information about a specific facility may find resources at the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua), which is considered the “umbrella” organization for international healthcare accreditation issues. Representing about 70 countries to date, ISQua is dedicated to improving safety and quality of care in facilities throughout the world.

    Other International Accreditation facilities include:

    · The United Kingdom Accreditation Forum (UKAF)

    · Australian Council for Healthcare Standards International (ACHSI)

    · Canadian Council on Health Services Regulation (CCHSA)

    · Joint Commission International (JCI)

    · Trent Accreditation Scheme – aka Trent (U.K., Europe, Hong Kong, Malta, Philippines)

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    Wednesday,February 25th, 2009

    by Denise

    Accreditation: Why is it Important to You?

    Accreditation is considered a standard through which a healthcare facility or service is shown to offer quality and healthcare that meet minimum standards and guidelines offered by various domestic and international quality boards.

    For example, individuals want, and deserve, quality in healthcare, whether for dental, cosmetic, bariatric or other treatments and surgical procedures. Anyone entering a healthcare facility deserves to know that staff is trained, facilities are clean and that procedures follow standards that reduce chances of error, infection or negligence.

    Healthcare and hospital accreditation in the U.S. is standard practice, but such is not the case for many international healthcare providers. Due to the growing popularity of healthcare tourism, however, international facilities are increasingly desirous of being rated (or graded) by U.S. and International accreditation organizations in order to offer competitive procedures in the fields of bariatric surgery and care, dental and cosmetic and plastic surgeries, as well as fertility treatment treatments and procedures.

    Medical Traveler Basics

    Individual medical travelers must take the time to assess standards of care in foreign destinations. Medical care environments in foreign destinations are certainly different than what most Americans find in their own hospital settings. However, it might help to assess care by taking into consideration the following factors:

    · Quality, education and certification of facility medical staff

    · Evidence of continuing educational opportunities for medical staff

    · Track record of the clinic or hospital

    · Infection control record of clinic or hospital

    · Potential geographical risks of tropical disease/infections

    Always take the time to research your destination – at home and abroad.

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    Tuesday,February 24th, 2009

    by Denise

    Cancer can strike any gender or age group. Depending on the type of cancer, various treatments may be initiated in an effort to eradicate or kill cancer cells. Chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and surgery are the most common types of treatments that battle multiple forms of cancer.

    Drugs for treatment of cancer – any type of cancer such as breast cancer, colon cancer, kidney or stomach cancer, as well as lung cancer treatment or fast-acting cancers like stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer and brain cancer are so expensive that many people choose to die rather than eradicate life savings and retirement plans. Most health insurance plans have a $1 million lifetime maximum on payouts, and yet cancer treatments may cost an individual in the U.S. more than $300,000 a year!

    Look at the cost of many common drugs prescribed to help treatment for cancer:

    3 drugs – Herceptin, Avastin and Zometa, for one month can run over $20,000 – that breaks down to roughly $6,254.95 for ONE dose of Herceptin and $9,496.47 for ONE dose of Avastin. That doesn’t even include the treatments to inject the drugs.

    According to an article run in USA Today, the average monthly cost of Herceptin is about $3,000 a month. Avastin costs an average of $4,400 a month. Of course, it depends on what type of cancer being treated. Larger doses will cost more, or less.

    Cancer treatment centers in foreign destinations like Mexico, India, Thailand, Singapore, India, Jordan and Turkey are looking better and better for Americans faced with such outrageous cancer treatment costs.

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    Monday,February 23rd, 2009

    by Denise

    When looking for a doctor to help treat cancer, patients should look for cancer treatment specialists. These specialists are trained in the field of oncology. Patients should look for experience, training, and that the specialist of their choice has been board-certified in specific areas of medicine. The physician who is board-certified in medical oncology or surgery will ensure their qualifications in their field.

    In most cases, primary care physicians will refer patients to a cancer specialist. Medical organizations such as the American Medical Association, or the American College of Surgeons will be able to offer the names of cancer specialists in the U.S., as well as through cancer organizations throughout the country of origin.

    For example, a brief overview of one excellent cancer treatment facility is the Florence Nightingale Hospital in Turkey. They are JCI Accredited and provide patient-focused and quality approach in providing health-care services. They specialize in:

    • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery – Angiography and Rhythm Disorders Center
    • Robotic Heart and Prostate Surgery (daVinci)
    • Organ Transplantation Center
    • Oncology Center
    • Plastic Surgery Center

    Florence Nightingale offers international patients healthcare and hospitality service in their preferred language. Patients are received at the airport, provided with comprehensive service during their stay at the hospital, and transferred to the airport for their return trip.

    There are options for excellent, accredited and highly trained cancer specialists when it comes to cancer treatments today. Costs in the U.S. are extremely prohibitive, and no one should ever have to choose between their health and their wallet.

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    Sunday,February 22nd, 2009

    by Denise

    Depending on the type of cancer discovered, physicians will determine which options or treatments are best in every situation. In some cases, a patient may have a choice of procedures or treatments, while other times, they will not. Certain factors will determine which treatment will provide optimal results, including what type of cancer, what organs or tissues are affected, as well as what stage the cancer is in. The earlier the stage of cancer development, the better for treatment prognosis. Overall health and age may also factor in to treatment plans.

    Common Cancer Treatments

    · Chemotherapy

    · Radiation

    · Surgery

    · Biological or hormone therapy

    One individual undergoing cancer treatment utilizing a drug called Cytoxan, and chemotherapy for cancer treatment for his cancer costs him roughly $2,000 for each session he must undergo. His medical bills amount to roughly $300,000 a year. The astronomical costs of treating liver cancer or kidney cancer, or stomach cancer or breast cancer (the list goes on) can devastate financial stability in a matter of weeks.

    However, cancer treatment centers in foreign destinations may offer hope for thousands facing such a dilemma. Cancer treatment centers located in Thailand, Singapore, India, Mexico and places in Europe such as Turkey and Jordan, offer cancer treatment for many types of cancer, including bone and pancreatic cancer, colon cancer as well as alternative cancer treatment options.

    No one should ever have to choose between cancer treatment and financial ruin or the tragic results on not being able to afford such treatment. Check out cancer treatment abroad and do what you can to help yourself or a loved one utilize better options.

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    Friday,February 20th, 2009

    by Denise

    Biological hormone therapies are also known as “anti-estrogen therapy” and are frequently used to help the immune system fight against some types of cancer.

    Today, the most commonly used biological hormone therapy treatment for cancer include but are not limited to:

    · AROMATASE Inhibitors – helps to stifle the conversion of substances into estrogen, which helps to stop production in many cells of the body. Types include:

    o Arimidex

    o Aromasin

    o Femara

    · SERMs (Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators) – block estrogens from attaching to receptors on cancer cells. Types include:

    o Tamoxifen

    · ERDs (Estrogen-Receptor Downregulators) block and break down estrogen receptors, reducing the number of cancer cells that receive messages to grow.

    o Faslodex

    Other new biological therapies being used to treat breast cancer include but are not limited to:

    · Herceptin

    · Avastin

    · Tykerb

    Unfortunately, the cost of biological hormone therapy is astronomical. In the United States, price ranges for Avastin may cost up to $4,400 a month and Herceptin can cost an average of $3,000 a month. Newer drugs may cost patients more than $10,000 a month!

    Often, individuals choose not to receive cancer treatments that devastate family incomes, financial security and retirement savings. Medical travel to other countries such as India and Thailand save substantial amounts of money on biological hormone therapy drugs.

    For example, at the Artemis Health Institute in India, a year’s supply of Herceptin averages out to about $2,000 a month instead of the $3,000 a month in the U.S. In other locations such as Thailand and Singapore, medical travelers are also able to enjoy substantial savings.

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    Thursday,February 19th, 2009

    by Denise

    Cancer can strike any gender or age group. Lung cancer, liver cancer, bone cancer and stomach cancer are common. Depending on the type of cancer, various treatments may be initiated in an effort to eradicate or kill cancer cells. Cancer treatments vary according to the stage the cancer is discovered, as well as location and overall health of the patient.

    Common Cancer Treatments

    · Chemotherapy

    · Radiation

    · Surgery

    · Biological or hormone therapy

    Chemotherapy involves the use of medications to attack and kill cancer cells. This type of treatment is used when cancer has metastasized, or spread to other areas within the body.

    A specific type of x-ray called radiation is involved in radiotherapy cancer treatment. This type of treatment damages or disables cancer cells through the use of radiation, which prevents certain cancer cells from multiplying.

    New treatments have been designed to use proteins to initiate the immune system to produce increased amounts of white blood cells that attack viruses, bacteria and cancers, through what is called biological therapy.

    Hormone therapy is often the first step in treating prostate or breast cancers that are discovered in early stages of development. Various drugs that contain hormones are used in this type of therapy.

    Surgery is often employed to remove cancerous tumors as well as affected tissues in the body. Surgical procedures may be used to treat cancers in the colon, liver, lungs, brain and other body organs.

    Cancer treatment centers are available around the globe, such as Cancer Treatment in Turkey, Ukraine, Mexico, Jordan, India and Thailand at lower costs than those found in the U.S.

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    Wednesday,February 18th, 2009

    by Denise

    Stem cell therapy technologies and advancements are made on an almost daily basis. From Japan to China to the U.S. to Europe, Africa and Australia, the world’s scientists and medical experts study, research and use stem cells treatments and stem cell therapy to treat a wide range of illnesses, injuries and disease processes. Check out this list, which doesn’t come close to the 70+ conditions that stem cell based therapy treat today:

    · Stem Cell Therapy Brain and Stem Cell Therapy Spinal Cord treatments for:

    o Multiple Sclerosis

    o Parkinson’s

    o Cerebral Palsy

    o Epilepsy

    · Stem Cell Based Therapy for Blood-borne Cancers such as:

    o Leukemia

    o Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

    o Multiple Myeloma

    · Stem Cell Based Therapy Treatment for Organ Cancers such as:

    o Breast Cancer

    o Prostate Cancer

    o Lung Cancer

    o Malignant Melanoma

    · Stem Cell Therapy for Heart Conditions:

    o Myocardial Infarction

    o Atherosclerosis

    o Congestive Heart Failure

    · Musculoskeletal Conditions and Injuries such as:

    o Bone damage caused by injuries and disease

    o Joint injuries and diseases

    · Hormonal, Immune and Circulatory Issues

    o Auto-Immune diseases such as Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and Muscular Dystrophy

    o Chronic infections such as Tuberculosis and Hepatitis C

    Umbilical cord stem cell therapy and adult stem cell therapy have surpassed ethical and religious controversies to provide hope for the future. Stem cell treatments are available in state-of-the-art facilities found in the Ukraine, Thailand and throughout the world. Hopefully one day soon, stem cell treatments will also be available in the U.S.

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    Tuesday,February 17th, 2009

    by Denise

    Thousands of individuals today have the potential of benefiting from a variety of human stem cell therapy and treatments, but education on these treatments is a must. Stem cell therapy has long been clouded with mistrust, ethical and moral and religious controversy. Today, thanks to the dedication of stem cell therapy research, treatments are now close for conditions that were never before thought possible.


    Stem cell therapy, international research and technology offer individuals today hope for the future. The basic types of noncontroversial stem cell therapy developments today include umbilical cord blood stem cell therapy is utilized through the blood of umbilical cords after they and the rest of the afterbirth or placenta has been expelled from the body after a baby is born. Cord blood stem cells therapy is making huge advancements today.


    Adult stem cell therapy utilizes cells taken from bone marrow. Because these cells are found in the skin, blood and bone marrow, they do not carry the stigma that embryonic stem cell therapy does. Stem cell replacement therapy is undergoing extensive research and development.


    Learn all you can about stem cell therapy and research. It may very well be utilized in a majority of medical treatments and cures in the near future. International locations such as Mexico, the Ukraine, Thailand and India, as well as scientists in Japan, the U.S., and Britain and throughout Europe are racing to discover new uses for potential treatments every day. Such research may very well provide the cure to diseases that have plagued the human race for thousands of years.

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    Tuesday,February 17th, 2009

    by Denise

    Human stem cell therapy is here to stay. Despite a rough start and controversy over ethical use of embryonic stem cells and cons of stem cell therapy such as worries over cloning, stem cell therapy research and development in the 21st century is focusing more on non-controversial methods of human stem cell collection, such as umbilical cord stem cell therapy and adult stem cell therapy approaches. The most commonly heard about today include:

    · Embryonic stem cell therapy

    · Adult stem cell therapy and research

    · Umbilical cord stem cell therapy

    Today, stem cell therapy research and development is growing by leaps and bounds. While stem cell gene therapy is being studied in the U.S., no stem cell replacement therapy has yet been offered here. However, numerous fine facilities that provide such treatments may be found in international destinations.

    One of the closest is the facility of Dr. Omar Gonzalez, of the Integrative Medical Center in Tamps, Mexico. His facilities offer a different approach to treatment, including the use of American, European, and Chinese medical approaches. He specializes in stem cell therapy created through placenta stem cell based therapy. Both umbilical cord stem cell therapy and placenta stem cell therapy are considered ethical and non-controversial.

    Another location, and perhaps a bit more exotic, are the facilities of EmCell in Kiev, Ukraine. With nearly two decades of experience in stem cell treatments, the clinic has to date offered human stem cell therapy for conditions such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease.

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    Monday,February 16th, 2009

    by Denise

    To date, no stem cells therapy options are available in the U.S., so many Americans travel to international destinations to benefits from stem cell treatment procedures. The U.S. has approved funding for Phase I clinical trials of some types of stem cell therapies that may provide productive and beneficial use in the near future.

    The potential cost of stem cell therapy in the U.S. may be prohibitively expensive, leading most to seek cures for illnesses, injuries and disease processes in China, Thailand, Japan, Europe, such as the EmCell Clinic in Kiev, Ukraine and India for such care.

    The cost of a stem cell therapy is determined by geographic location of treatment facilities as well as the injury, illness or disease being treated. Medical travelers should research and study human stem cell therapy, treatments and protocols in foreign destinations.

    Questions to Ask:

    • Can you offer proof that these stem cell treatment therapies work?
    • Can I speak with former patients who have undergone such therapies?
    • Who are (and what are the credentials) of the physician or surgeon administering stem cell treatment?
    • How long has the organization offered such treatments?
    • How safe is the stem cell treatment? Are there risks involved?

    The Future of Stem Cells Therapy

    The World Stem Cell Summit in Madison, Wisconsin in September 2008 anticipated growing numbers of individuals seeking stem cell based therapy, alternative or advanced forms of medical treatment, and travel to foreign destinations. Everyone has a right to seek safe and effective treatments for dehabilitative injuries, diseases and terminal illnesses at affordable prices not currently found in the U.S.

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    Wednesday,February 11th, 2009

    by Denise

    Today, stem cell research offers potential treatments for the future that may cure many disease processes, enable people with spinal cord injuries to walk again, and perhaps even see an end to cognitive impairment diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease.

    The most commonly studied and used stem cell therapies today involve the use of:

    • Embryonic stem cell therapy
    • Adult stem cell therapy and research
    • Umbilical cord stem cell therapy
    • Placenta stem cell therapy

    Adult stem cell therapy – This type of stem cell is taken from bone marrow. Adult stem cells can be “instructed” to form a certain type of cell – such as nerve cells, cardiac cells, skin cells, muscle cells and so forth. Stem cell replacement therapy is undergoing extensive research and development.

    Umbilical cord stem cell therapy – As a rich source of stem cells, many parents today are “banking” their children’s umbilical cord cells in case they are needed for curing disease in the future. Cord blood stem cell therapy is making huge advancements today.

    Placenta Stem Cell Therapy – Stem cell therapy research doctors have been studying the beneficial components of stem cells found within the placenta. The afterbirth, heretofore discarded after birth, is now being studied for its multipotent stem cells in the search for treatments of multiple illnesses and disease processes.

    Affordable stem cell therapy is offered in many foreign medical travel destinations such as Thailand, Asia, and the Ukraine in Central Europe.

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    Monday,February 9th, 2009

    by Denise

    In the United States, nearly 4,000 people wait for heart transplants on a daily basis. However, only a fraction of those actually receive a heart. Donors must be matched by blood type, medical urgency, size of the donor heart, and may wait for months or even years for a suitable heart donor.

    In the United States, heart transplant surgery can cost upwards of $150,000. While this seems daunting, medical travelers to foreign destinations enjoy massive savings. In Jordan, whose first heart transplant occurred in the late 1960s, medical travelers can save up to 25% on costs found in the U.S. Those traveling to India or Singapore may save up to 50% to 75% on costs.

    Finding a Cardiac Surgeon

    Cardiac surgeons must meet basic requirements and training for certification in various cardiac fields and techniques, as well as specialties. Cardiac surgeons typically complete a five-year general surgery residency, followed by two to three years of specialization in cardiothoracic surgeries. Various licensing boards that certify cardiac surgeons in many types of heart surgeries, including heart valve surgery, coronary artery bypass surgery, heart transplantation, and alternative to open heart surgery procedures as well as subspecialties.

    The Jordan Hospital in Amman, Jordan is an example of the highly trained and experienced heart surgery hospital.

    Another fine example of global heart care and cardiac treatment may be found at the National Heart Centre in Singapore, Singapore.

    It’s your heart. Don’t limit your options. Consider medical travel to obtain the care you need, when you need it.

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    Sunday,February 8th, 2009

    by Denise

    A heart surgery procedure can range from angioplasty to coronary artery bypass to valve replacement to a heart transplant. Where can individuals go for such treatments and heart care? Expert heart surgeons are available around the world, and in countries that rank higher than the U.S. in health care.

    For example, costs for angioplasty procedures in the U.S. costs will depend on type of procedure (balloon or angioplasty with vascular stents). Average costs for such procedures range around $57,000. Medical travelers taking advantage of excellently trained and certified physicians in countries like India, Singapore and Thailand may enjoy huge cost savings. The same procedures in India generally cost around $11,000, while the same procedures cost around $13,000 in Singapore and Thailand.

    For those needing heart valve replacement surgery or cardiac bypass surgery, world-class heart physicians and cardiac specialists offer superlative heart care and treatment as well as procedures that offer state of the art technology and training.

    Cardiac surgery is expensive in the United States. Heart valve replacement or repair in the United States costs an average of $25,000 per valve. Mitral valve replacement may cost around $14,000 to $20,000. Many patients undergoing multiple valve replacement surgical procedures may expect to pay up to $100,000 for such services.

    Medical travelers to the Artemis Health Institute in India enjoy the same quality of service at greater savings, with single valve replacements generally costing around $9,500 and double valve replacements costing around $11,500.

    Take advantage of global opportunities in the 21st century. Expand your horizons, as well as your heart health care by exploring and researching heart surgery abroad.

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    Friday,February 6th, 2009

    by Denise

    Heart bypass surgery is exactly what name implies: a detour or bypass around clogged arteries through the use of arterial grafts around the damaged areas. Coronary artery bypass surgery is also called CABG, which stands for coronary artery bypass graft.

    The traditional approach to any type of heart surgery used to be placing a patient on a heart lung machine for the four to six hours that the cardiac surgery took. However, updated techniques are used in the 21st century.

    Avoiding the use of a heart lung machine, cardiovascular surgery today relies on what is called an off pump coronary artery bypass, or OPCAB, which allows the bypass to be performed while the heart still beats. This method reduces the risk of memory loss and mental confusion caused by loss of blood flow to the brain.

    Another technique used by the best cardiologist specialists avoids splitting or removing the breastbone, or sternum. This technique is called minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass, also known as MIDCAB.

    Half a million Americans undergo coronary bypass surgery every year, and numbers are multiplying as the effects of high fat and high cholesterol diets are becoming readily apparent.

    Cardiac care in the United States is extremely expensive. A heart bypass can cost up to $130,000, with average costs of $15,000 to $30,000 per graft. The same procedures cost roughly $10,000 in India, and $18,500 at the National Heart Centre in Singapore. In South Africa, the procedure cost about $12,800.

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    Tuesday,February 3rd, 2009

    by Denise

    Since when should an individual have to choose between a life-saving operation and the potential financial ruin of his or her family? Due to the outrageous cost of health care in the U.S., and especially those that involve any kind of heart surgery procedure, more Americans today are taking their chances by not choosing potentially life-saving cardiovascular surgery procedures.

    Depending on the type of procedure or surgery that is performed, cardiac surgeries have widely differing price ranges. However, they are among the most expensive surgical procedures performed in the United States. Coronary bypass surgery can cost up to $20,000 for one bypass, more if additional bypasses are required. A heart transplant can cost over $150,000!

    However, options are available for many types of heart surgery abroad, and fine ones at that. Heart surgeons and facilities found throughout the globe offer high-tech, state-of-the-art medical equipment, accredited and highly trained cardiac surgeons and general heart care in such treatments as heart valve replacement surgery, coronary bypass surgery, and even heart transplant procedures.

    Highly acclaimed facilities and cardiac surgeons can be found in Jordan, Thailand, Turkey and Singapore for a fraction of the costs in the U.S. For example, an angioplasty balloon procedure in the U.S. can cost up to $57,000, while in India, the cost hovers around $11,000 and in Thailand the same procedure costs about $13,000.

    No one should feel that they must weigh between health and the wallet. Medical tourism abroad offers alternatives to such drastic decisions.

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    Monday,February 2nd, 2009

    by Denise

    Procedures designed to help to insure adequate supply of blood and oxygen to the heart muscle fall under the scope of cardiac surgery. Some of the most common heart surgeries include procedures from non-invasive heart surgery to open heart surgery, such as:

    Prosthetic Heart valve Replacement surgery is a treatment procedure that repairs or replaces diseased or malfunctioning heart valves. In most cases, mechanical or prosthetic heart valves are used to replace faulty valves.

    Angioplasty is a procedure that is also known as balloon angioplasty. The procedure restores blood flow through the damaged artery.

    Coronary artery bypass surgery employs the use of a section of vein or artery, typically from the leg, to bypass the damaged portion of artery above and below an area of blockage.

    Pacemakers are small electronic or battery-operated device placed underneath the skin of the abdomen or chest to help control abnormal heart rhythms. Wires connect the heart with this generator and sense of electrical pulses the help to correct and regulate heart rhythm.

    Heart transplantation replaces the entire heart muscle. The procedure requires precise timing to ensure that the donor heart tissues remain healthy prior to transplantation.

    Read about heart surgeries and research options to save tens of thousands of dollars on heart surgery abroad, like those found in India, Thailand, Singapore and Mexico, just to name a few. Excellently trained surgeons, state-of-the-art medical equipment and technology and caring, compassionate staff provide the best of care while saving medical tourists on astronomical health care costs in the U.S.

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