Dr. Scott Brannan Radio Interview

Dr. Brannan Networking Arizona Interview

Dr. Scott Brannan is the Chief of Endovascular Surgery at Modern Vascular. He joins Carol Blonder for his second interview on the radio program “Networking Arizona.” They talk about peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and its prevalence in the Native American population.

Dr. Brannan describes peripheral arterial disease as any process that results in the narrowing or malfunction of the arteries. The arteries are the blood vessels that are muscular and have thick walls that carry richly oxygenated blood out from the heart to the rest of the organs. The veins are the superficial vessels that carry low oxygenated blood back to the heart. The top risk factor for peripheral arterial disease is age. The risk for PAD increases about 2 times at 50 years of age and about 1.5 times after the age of 65. Type 2 diabetes is the second top predictor of PAD.

Dr. Brannan talks about how the diabetic epidemic in this country started with the introduction of high fructose corn syrup into mass-produced convenience foods. He also explains what Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI) is and why it has become more common. What Modern Vascular wants to do is educate patients and providers about the disease so that they can detect it before it gets to the point where patients have ulcers or pain at rest and know how to get it treated effectively.

Listen to Dr. Brannan’s Interview on Networking Arizona