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Korea Attracts Big 3 Medical Tourists

The three nations with the most Korea-bound medical tourists are China, the U.S., and Japan, according to industry data. Chinese medical tourists made up the largest share, with some 32,000 seeking treatment in Korea in 2012.

Balloon Valvuloplasty

The human heart contains four valves. They are aortic, tricuspid, mitral and pulmonary valves. In some people a heart valve may be too narrow and this hampers the flow of blood. In balloon valvuloplasty, a narrowed valve in the heart is stretched to allow efficient flow of blood. The technique does not require an open heart surgery.

When the process begins, a thin catheter with a deflated balloon on the tip is inserted into a blood vessel. This catheter is then guided through the blood vessel, into the opening of the heart valve that has been narrowed. When the balloon is inflated, the heart valve is stretched open. The procedure will cure many valve obstructions but it may have to be repeated for best results. During the procedure, patients are usually awake but local anesthesia is given to numb pain in the area where the catheter is inserted.


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                Languages: English, Tagalog

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                HSC Medical Center

                Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


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                HSC Medical Center is one of the world's leading one-stop medical, heart and preventive centres dedicated to delivering the best patient care from our hearts, and true to our hearts. HSC Medical Cente...

                Manila Doctors Hospital

                Manila, Philippines


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                Manila Doctors Hospital (MDH) is a premiere private tertiary hospital operating at 667 United Nations Avenue, Ermita, Manila, Philippines.

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                Bangkok Hospital Hua Hin

                Hua Hin, Thailand


                Accreditation: JCI

                Languages: English, Thai

                Bangkok Dusit Medical Services, the parent organization of Bangkok Hospital, operates a total of nineteen hospitals throughout Thailand and Cambodia. It has long been our goal to bring the excellent c...

                Normah Medical Specialist Centre

                Kuching, Malaysia


                Accreditation: JCI

                Languages: English, Malayu

                Normah Medical Specialist Centre (NMSC) was officially opened in August 1988. It is the first and is currently the largest purpose built private medical centre in the State of Sarawak. Owned by Sarawa...
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