Cardiac catheterization is utilized in a multitude of procedures that can help identify heart disease or defects, such as valve problems, coronary artery disease, aneurysms, and heart enlargement. Catheterization procedures are also commonly used to identify and diagnose:
- Pulmonary embolism
- Ventricular septal defect
- Blood flow in arteries
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Pulmonary valve stenosis
A cardiac catheterization procedure is very common and rarely causes serious complications. Discuss such issues with your health care provider to determine what to expect before, during, and after the cardiac catheterization procedure.
In the U.S. a cardiac catheterization procedure may range in price between $2,400 and $4,000. This test, which takes between two and three hours to complete, and can be utilized on an outpatient as well as in-hospital procedure. Medical travelers venturing to such destinations as Asia, South America, and the Philippines may save between 20 and 50% on the same procedure.
When traveling to foreign destinations for vacation, business or medical care, you can get a catheterization done and not have to worry about coming back in 2 weeks for a reading, repeat of the testing procedure or follow-up. Your results can be transferred to your primary care provider, along with faxed copies of cardiac testing strips, blood work and lab reports and the results or interpretations of your doctors.
Locations such as the Jordan Hospital in Amman, Jordan, the Kent Hospital in Izmir, Turkey or the National Heart Centre in Singapore are just a few examples of excellent and accredited facilities offering cardiac care. From the Fortis Hospital in New Delhi, India to Medical Poland in Bydgoszcz, you have access to the best in cardiac surgeons, heart care and surgery abroad and some of the best heart hospitals and surgery in the world.