A second opinion from Monterrey’s top cardiologist

Kurt Schaefer on September 21, 2021. Visit author social media
"My name is Gerardo S., I’m 41 years old and I live in El Paso Texas. I am a runner and usually run 3 miles 5 days a week. I am a very active guy and I love coffee but decaffeinated because with caffeine I get very hyper. A few weeks ago, after my Sunday run, I stopped at a coffee shop and ordered a large coffee, but forgot to tell the barista to make it decaf; before I knew it, I had already finished it. After a couple of hours, I started to feel very bad. I went to a pharmacy and had my blood pressure checked; it was through the roof."
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"So, I called an internal medicine doctor, she prescribed me some medication and I went and got it, but after a couple more hours I was still feeling bad. My mom suggested I take some of the medication she takes for her blood pressure and I followed her advice, but it turned out to be a big mistake, as it lowered my blood pressure, had me sweating, and made me feel very sick."
The following days
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"I did not want to go to the ER because of the COVID situation; I was afraid of entering the ER and getting stuck there with COVID patients, so we got a nurse to monitor my vitals, who helped me stay safe until the next day when I had my appointment with the internal medicine doctor. Knowing that all issues with blood pressure tend to be related to heart problems had me very scared. I was very stressed about the situation. I went to my doctor’s appointment the next day and she told me to get all the tests done: complete blood count, electrocardiogram, basic metabolic panel, and blood pressure map."
"The cost of the lab tests alone was going to be huge, so I decided to travel to Ciudad Juarez and get my tests done there, knowing that I could find a Lab that had basically the same equipment but was more affordable. I got them done but now I had to wait, as my appointment with my internal medicine doctor was in 3 days back in El Paso."
The medical tourism experience with the top cardiologist in Monterrey
"I was feeling very anxious and scared, I just couldn’t wait that long, so, knowing a little bit about Medical Tourism thanks to the fact that I live on the border, I decided to do a quick google search for specialists in Mexico and found a cardiologist in Monterrey in the Medical Tourism Mexico website. I called the assistant and scheduled a virtual consultation. The receptionist was very nice and comprehensive about how I was feeling at the moment and scheduled me for that very same day. Payment was easy and I just had to email my lab results to the doctor prior to our virtual consultation."
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"I must say that when I saw the images of the hospital where he practices in Monterrey, I was very impressed. Even though it was going to be a second opinion, I felt like because of his credentials and certifications, his opinion would be the only one that mattered. I needed answers, needed to feel that I was not alone in this situation and that I had a doctor by my side who understood the feeling of uncertainty I was feeling (I did not get that from my internal medicine doctor who gave me an appointment 3 days after I got my lab results back). That same day talking to the cardiologist of Monterrey in my virtual consultation, he reviewed my labs and explained to me what was going on and just made me feel more relaxed because with simple terms I understood what was happening with my body and what I could do to make it better, I just felt at ease. When I saw this section on the Medical Tourism website, I thought of sharing my story, because it is a horrible feeling when you feel sick and the doctor you’re seeing has no time slots available to attend you and clear your concerns so that you can be more relaxed about your medical condition."
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Key words: medical tourism, Mexico, Monterrey, health, travel, online consultation, doctor, second opinion, cardiology, cardiologist, heart doctor
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