Who is the best or top cardiologist for cardiology and cardiac vascular in KL (Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia?
This is a common question asked in forum and offline discussion with friends and relatives. I am frequently asked by patients and friends for the best or top xxx specialist in KL (Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia. Rarely, curious kepochi may ask for the worst or bad specialist in KL.
Of course, this is a valid question and a factor that determines the ideal specialist for you. However, this is a non-specific general question that may not give you the best specialist for your condition. For example, someone with severe heart valve aortic stenosis, the best cardiothoracic surgeon to replace the valve can be identified. However, over the last one year in Kuala Lumpur the minimal invasive TAVI (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation) performed by trained cardiologist and team give impressive outcome with minimal complications.
The next question that is equally important is “who is an ethical doctor?” Every patient’s condition varies and management are tailored made for each patient. Non-medically trained patients may misunderstand and judge doctors unfairly when one specialist suggested major operation such as heart bypass surgery for severe cardiac coronary blockages. It’s difficult for patients to decide which doctor is ethical. Tell-tale signs are the doctors’s communication skills, professionalism, thinking strategy and planning from patient’s point of view. Another tip is get second, third or fourth opinion from different specialist. If majority of the expert said you need to consider cardiac bypass operation, the weightage of decision-making changed dramatically.
Therefore, potential patients must ask the right questions. Asking for the best or top cardiologist for cardiology, cardiothoracic surgeon and cardiac vascular in KL, Malaysia is an oversimplication of a serious question.
Dr Wong Teck Wee