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Americans Would Rather Travel Than Pay High Costs

Affordable, quality care apparently trumps the commitment to travel. Approximately 50 million uninsured Americans are choosing medical tourism rather than pay for medical care in the US.

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


                          Sanno Hospital

                          Tokyo, Japan


                          Languages: English, Japanese

                          Warm-hearted and High-level Medecal Service
                          Sanno Hospital has been a leading private hospital with a welcoming atmosphere and trusted, heartfelt care since its foundation in 1937. It is your k...

                          San Fernando Hospital

                          Panama City, Panama


                          Accreditation: JCI

                          Languages: English, Spanish

                          San Fernando Hospital is the first private hospital in the Republic of Panama, offering quality medical services to the community, founded in 1949.

                          With over 60 years of experience, rec...

                          Ygia Polyclinic Private Hospital

                          Limassol, Cyprus


                          Languages: English, Greek, Russian

                          “Ygia” Polyclinic Private Hospital is the oldest private hospital in Cyprus.  It was established in 1983 and commenced operations in 1987. It is the largest and one of the best equipp...

                          Queen Fabiola Children's University Hospital

                          Brussels, Belgium


                          Languages: English, French, Dutch

                          Inaugurated in 1986, Queen Fabiola Children's University Hospital is the only Belgian university hospital entirely reserved for children's medicine : all is conceived for them and for their parents. F...

                          Hospital Fatimah

                          Ipoh, Malaysia


                          Accreditation: ISO 9001, MSQH

                          Languages: English

                          Hospital Fatimah is a 239 bed, not-for-profit, private specialist hospital within the city of Ipoh, in Perak, Malaysia. The Hospital is strategically located in the business centre of Ipoh Garden with...
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