Debbie and Geff Igarashi lead very active lifestyles. Tennis, jogging, yoga and walking are a big part of their daily activities. They have both undergone surgeries under Dr. Santiago Hernandez’s care, with Geff having an intestinal resection and Debbie’s knee surgery. But then Debbie got a new diagnosis…

International HIPAA considerations by physicians in Mexico

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, January 13, 2016

ID-100390821Traveling for business or pleasure has become very easy, important and comfortable these days. And there is one other major factor which drives many to travel from their homeland to different countries, and that reason is for medical treatment.

Proper and affordable medical treatment is the need of many, and people look for healthcare services in different countries, to ensure that they get the best medical advice and advanced quality medical treatment in time and on budget. While traveling for medical treatments is fast becoming a norm, there have always been concerns about the protection of patient information during travels to other countries. The medical reports and notes containing confidential patient information and details need to be protected to safeguard the privacy of the concerned patient at all times.

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Why you should travel to Mexico for your next cardio exam

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, December 16, 2015

ID-100134286The heart is one of the strongest muscles in the body, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t need to be taken care of. As our luxuries grow, so do our problems. For many developed countries, heart condition is one of the main causes of death with 17.3 million deaths reported by the Global Heart Federation every year. Many factors affect the heart such as too much stress, wrong diet, diabetes, smoking, high total cholesterol, high blood pressure, physical inactivity, depression, obesity, social isolation and a lack of quality social support.

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Recuperate with the Best Medical Treatments in Mexico

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, December 2, 2015

ID-100120137Whenever we feel like life is becoming too hectic, we give ourselves a little break by taking a nap or just relaxing. But our body is working 24/7 to provide us with the perfect health. While we may think that going to the spa or for a run is good, we can all agree that hardly any of us know what is really going on inside us.

Furthermore, women are generally conditioned to have a nice slim body, but many do not realize that not everyone can achieve that since they were not built that way. Thus, by dieting and exercise, they may get the waistline they want, but they don’t know how disastrous it can be in terms of their overall health.

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Plan your next physician’s appointment in Mexico

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, November 18, 2015

ID-100102388Getting a physician’s appointment, especially when you’re not feeling well, can be annoying because you need to be written into a waiting list for the doctor to even attend to your problem; and although we cannot predict our health, hospitals are often unaccommodating when it comes to getting an immediate doctor’s appointment.

Healthcare has been the biggest issue for many developing and developed countries because the number of people with health problems is increasing. It was predicted that annually, the amount spent on healthcare in the US would hit to $3 Trillion, but the number exceeded to $3.8 Trillion.

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Why Doctors are coming to Mexico to study cancer research

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, November 4, 2015

ID-100325421Cancer is a scary disease, and only those who have suffered themselves or watched someone else suffer know the pain and heartache it brings. Doctors and researchers have been working hard to know all they can about how cancer can be, if not cured, then prevented. According to statistics, cancer was diagnosed for 14.1 million adults in the world in 2012, with a death rate of 8.3 million.

Cancer treatments have become advanced, but because they are expensive, not many people can afford them. Many hospitals do not have particular treatments and people have to go to other medical institutes and at times in other countries to receive proper therapy. Cancer patients have to go through grueling surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy to get a possible second chance at life, which takes a massive toll on their health. Because of the amount of effort, equipment and medical supplies used for these expensive medical treatments, some make the decision to pass away quietly rather than spend their remaining life paying off medical debts.

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Need that bump checked out? a physician in Mexico can help

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, October 21, 2015

ID-100202727Whether it is out of uneasiness, ignorance or expense, many people skip out on going to the doctor. Although it is customary for a person to get a medical checkup at least once a year, many self-diagnose and give themselves an all clear. Most use the internet to read up on their symptoms, so many do not go to a doctor at all. However, before it is too late, it is better to stop being lazy and go to a professional who is certified in health care.

Many people with medical problems have stated that most of the time, they ignore the signs as just nausea, or a headache or a simple bump. For people with cancer, this ignorance can be life threatening. Cancer is the leading cause of death worldwide and can sneak up on anyone. According to statistics, nearly 14.1 million people were diagnosed with cancer in 2012. Because only those who have proper medical insurance can afford appropriate cancer treatment, many are left with the decision of either spending all of their saved money on treatment and none for after, or to seek help elsewhere.

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Cancer Doesn’t Care: The Elliott Joachim Story

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, October 8, 2015

Elliott loves to teach dance, so when she discovered cancer on her tongue, she decided on treatment instead of surgery so that she could still talk. She is on the road to a full recovery with the guidance of Dr. Santiago Hernandez and his team at Chapala Med. Watch her story here and read her intimate, heart-wrenching blog at

Medical tourism: why Mexico is the cure to your heart?

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, October 7, 2015

ID-100255395The number of Americans traveling to medical tourism destinations each year is astounding. A spectacular six million Americans travel to countries such as Costa Rica, Mexico, Thailand, amongst other popular destinations for medical care. The treatments might be low in value, but are high in quality.

For this reason, people readily visit Mexico for cardiac procedures, knee, and hip replacement surgery for instance. With price 80% less expensive for high-risk medical procedures, medical tourism destinations rose to popularity. Since heart disease in the United States is the number one cause of death and one of the most expensive procedures to get, medical tourism destinations seem like the perfect getaway for heart related treatments.

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With God and Dr. Santi’s help, I’m standing here

Posted by Wendy, October 6, 2015

The Wignall’s live a very healthy lifestyle. But sometimes, life hands you a curveball. Watch this story about Bobbi and a heart condition that she had all her life, but wasn’t detected and corrected until her 70’s!