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Interventional Cardiologist Radio Interview

Dr. Anthony Pozun Interviewed for Networking Arizona

Dr. Anthony Pozun speaks to Carol Blonder on Networking Arizona. February is American Heart Month, so Dr. Pozun came to discuss how heart health and peripheral artery disease are related.

Listen to Dr. Pozun’s Interview on Networking Arizona

Physician Backstory

Dr. Pozun tells Carol about how he finished his training as an interventional cardiologist in 2006. That entails internal medicine training and then you go into a fellowship for interventional cardiology. Then, you have the ability to do another year of training in interventional, which has to do with repairing blood vessels among other things. From 2006 up until recently, Dr. Pozun treated hearts, kidneys, and legs.

Pursuing Peripheral Vascular Disease

Over the years he noticed that there is a big demand for peripheral vascular disease solutions. He says that the biggest issue that has not been adequately addressed is amputation. After several years he found that he wanted to contribute to an underserved area of medicine. Many cardiologists have taken a new role in pursuing the treatment of peripheral vascular disease because of the correlation with heart disease.

Can PAD Be Deadly?

Dr. Anthony explains that peripheral vascular disease is very deadly. In fact, the link between peripheral vascular disease and coronary disease or cerebrovascular disease is extremely high. The presence of PAD without any symptoms increases your risk of mortality by 2 – 5% per year for non-fatal myocardial infarction, or heart attack. Any presence of PAD in your leg or iliac artery there is a 30% chance it is in another vascular bed and a 50% chance that it is in your brain, your carotids, or your heart.

What is Coronary Artery Disease?

Coronary artery disease is plaque buildup in the heart. It is the leading cause of death in the US. Over the last 30 years, treatment has improved and mortality has decreased. However, mortality still remains very high and is related to non-fatal and fatal myocardial infarction, which leads to heart failure, hospitalizations, and death. Most people that have PAD also have underlying heart disease.

Patient Experience

Patients may come into Modern Vascular on their own, but most of the referrals are from physicians. Many of those physicians are primary care physicians, wounds specialists, podiatrists, and other vascular specialists that feel that the patient needs to be screened. Modern Vascular performs a basic screening with an examination and then diagnose and locate the blockage.

American Heart Health Month: How Coronary Artery Disease and PAD are related
February is American Heart Month. Find out how Coronary Artery Disease and Peripheral Artery Disease are related.

Watch The Full Interview

This episode of Networking Arizona was streamed on Facebook Live. People that follow Networking Arizona on Facebook were able to watch and respond to the interview as it happened. The interview also aired on 1100 KFNX in Arizona. The feed that was broadcast on Facebook Live is now available to watch at any time on YouTube.