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Peripheral Vascular Disease


Rajul Patel, MD practices at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center.

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ASK THE EXPERT: Peripheral Vascular Disease Video - Full Transcription

Text:     This video is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. It is not intended to
provide professional medical advice or any other professional service. If medical or other professional assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought. Banner Health ©

Audio:  Opening Theme Music

Text:     Banner Health Presents: Ask The Expert
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Image: Rajul Patel, MD, speaks on-camera throughout the video.

Text: PVD
Dr. Rajul Patel, Cardiologist
Banner Thunderbird Medical Center

Audio: “I’m Dr. Rajul Patel, a cardiologist at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center.”

Text: Peripheral Vascular Disease

Audio: “Peripheral vascular disease, or PVD, is a disease that affects arteries predominantly in the neck and legs.”

Image: Patient in hospital bed and attending physicians.

Audio: “Just as blockages in the heart can lead to heart attacks, blockages in other arteries also can pose serious health risks.”

Image: Medical staff pushes senior male in wheel chair.

Audio: “Blockages in the neck can lead to stroke, while blockages in the legs, particularly in diabetics…”

Image: Hospital staff with patient, whose bed is being rolled down hallway.

Audio: “…may cause non-healing ulcers or gangrene in the legs and feet. If severe enough, it may require amputation.”

Text: Peripheral Vascular Disease

Audio: “It’s estimated that at least 80% of the roughly 150,000 annual amputations in this country are due to PVD. The majority of these could have been prevented.”


Audio: “The risk of developing PVD is determined by a mix of lifestyle and genetics…”

Text: diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity, inactivity, family history

Audio: “…including diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity, inactivity, and family history. PVD is most common among the elderly, affecting an estimated 10 to 15 percent of people 65 and older.”

Text: Peripheral Vascular Disease

Audio: “There are several non-invasive tests to assess an individual’s risk and determine if they show signs of PVD. Recent advances in technology have lead to minimally-invasive techniques that replaced traditional surgical methods. Catheters now enable interventionists to treat blockages…”

Text: balloons, stents, lasers, atherectomy

Audio: “…using balloons, stents, lasers, and atherectomies to remove plaque.”

Text: less scarring, less pain, quicker recovery

Audio: “These effective techniques produce less scarring, less pain, and allow for a quicker recovery.”

Text: Peripheral Vascular Disease

Audio: “Left untreated, PVD can dramatically alter a person’s life.”

Text: individuals over sixty-five and individuals with known risk factors

Audio: “Individuals over 65 and those with known risk factors should be screened annually.”

Text: Peripheral Vascular Disease

Audio: “Since diabetic patients may not show significant symptoms of PVD, they should have their legs examined every 6-12 months. Early detection is the best way to ensure a positive outcome with peripheral vascular disease.”

Text:     For more health information from Banner Health experts
Please visit or call Banner Health’s
Physician Referral & Resource Line at 1(800) 230-CARE (2273)

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