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Growth of Worldwide Medical Tourism Market

The worldwide medical tourism market is estimately growing at a rate of 25-35% annually. The high cost of health care and long wait times for some procedures still remain the major factors for growth.

Heart Valve Replacement Surgery

Heart valve replacement surgery replaces diseased heart valves. There are four valves in the heart, the aortic valve, the mitral valve, the tricuspid valve and the pulmonary valve. Blood that flows through the heart must flow through different chambers. When the heart pumps blood, these valves open to let blood through and close to prevent back-flow. Three kinds of heart valve replacement procedures are performed.

  • Mechanical valves made of man made materials such as ceramic or steel. These valves last the longest, but patients will have to take blood thinning medication such as aspirin for the rest of their lives.
  • Biological valves will last for 12-15 years. These are made of animal or human tissue. Here, patients don't have to take any blood thinning medication.
  • In some cases, the patient's own pulmonary valve may be used to replace the aortic valve. The pulmonary valve is then replaced with an artificial valve. It is an option for those who don't want to take blood thinners.


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                          Featured Heart Valve Replacement Surgery Providers Abroad


                          BayView Hospital

                          Bridgetown, Barbados


                          Languages: English

                          BayView Hospital, a privately owned and operated facility, with 7 private rooms and 4 semi-private rooms, has been operational since 1989 and was born out of a desire to provide Barbadians, our Caribb...

                          Bangkok Hospital Phuket

                          Phuket, Thailand


                          Accreditation: JCI, HA

                          Languages: Bulgarian, Arabic, Cantonese, English, German, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Laotian, Mandarin, Panjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, Tea Chiew, Thai

                          Bangkok Hospital Phuket, located in southern Thailand in the Andaman Sea and the Indian Ocean on Phuket Island near Patong beach, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Phuket.

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                          Hospital Moinhos de Vento

                          Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil


                          Accreditation: JCI

                          Languages: English, Portuguese

                          Hospital Moinhos de Vento was founded in 1927, which means 81 years of tradition, quality and excellence in processes and services.

                          Our Institution is nationally and internationally rec...
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