Healthcare Resources

There is no doubt that we have excellent medical care and services here in Puerto Vallarta. Board-certified physicians who travel the world to attend ‘congressos’ to stay up to date on current medical trends in their specialties. From rheumatology to plastic surgery, we have the specialists!

In addition to this, the medical equipment for diagnostic studies continues to expand and grow. There are two new brand new items!

MRI: (Magnetic Resonance Imaging). DiagnostiK (on Francisco Villa) now boasts a 1.5 MR General Electric SIGNA machine. This is with top-quality resolution, performs a faster study and broad spectrum of body parts, including full body MRI. This is a 1.5 Tesla machine. It is a ‘donut’ style machine. Not open but not really closed either. Last week I was with one of our radiologists who was comparing a study of a patient who had an MRI of the brain last year and another follow up last week. Even with my completely untrained eye, I could see a huge difference in the quality of the images! Magnetic resonance imaging is a medical imaging technique used to form pictures of the anatomy and the physiological processes of the body.

MRI scanners use strong magnetic fields, magnetic field gradients, and radio waves to generate images of the organs in the body. If you would like to take a look at the machine, just let me know! And of course, if you need an MRI scheduled as advised by your physician, of course I am happy to set that up.

The other new ‘equipment’ is an update and huge modernization of the cath lab at Hospital San Javier Marina. A cardiac catheterization lab, also known as a “cardiac cath lab,” is a special hospital room where doctors perform minimally invasive tests and procedures to diagnose and treat cardiovascular disease. Sometimes the studies are only diagnostic and other times the physician finds severe blockage in an artery, or more than one artery, in which case stents are placed. As well, in the cath lab, pacemakers are placed. A cath lab is a place where you want QUALITY over CHEAPER PRICE. In a cath procedure, there is always a cardiac interventionalist along with the cardiologist.

Once again, if you would like to take a look at the cath lab, just let me know and we can show off the new equipment!

September is beginning to wind down and the amount of people returning for the winter will begin to increase each day. I can tell by the amount of emails I am now receiving from those planning to return with questions covering everything from traveler’s insurance to the scheduling of appointments. Yes, believe it or not, I am scheduling appointments all the way into December already! Go figure!

For those returning here soon, as always, please do your homework. Make sure you have insurance coverage. Make sure you bring a sufficient amount of your medications and see if we have them available here.
Hopefully by the time you read this, our October newsletter and special Breast Cancer Awareness calendar of events will be out. If you would like a copy, just send an email. We have so many events planned for October. Pink Cocktail, Pink Brunch, Pink Bingo and more!

As always, any questions, just shoot me an email!

Here’s to a snappy week!

Pamela Thompson on Email
HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta is a multi-faceted, independent, resource network that is here for your TOTAL health and well-being. We offer English-speaking assistance to help find a physician, hospital and/or diagnostic service for any healthcare needs. As well, we are here to answer any health-related questions that you might have in relation to the Puerto Vallarta area.