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Along came CCSVI which provided a different way to look at the disease called MS (Multiple Sclerosis) as a vascular problem that leads to the neurological destruction were nothing can be done and why not because the cells are very badly damaged or maybe completely dead by now
From Rindfliesch's discovery of the central vessel in the MS lesion in 1863, to Dr. Paolo Zamboni's discovery of Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency. 150 years of MS research on blood flow and perfusion of the central nervous system. Because the heart and the brain are connected.
Welcome! This blog contains research, information on lifestyle, nutrition, dietary supplements and health for those with MS, as well as continuing information on the understanding of CCSVI and cerebral hypoperfusion . This blog is informative only--all medical decisions should be discussed with your own physicians.
The posts are searchable---simply type in your topic of interest in the search box at the top left.
Almost all of MS research is initiated and funded by pharmaceutical companies. This maintains the EAE mouse model and the immune paradigm of MS, and continues the 15 billion dollar a year MS treatment industry. But as we learn more about slowed blood flow, gray matter atrophy, and environmental links to MS progression and disability--all things the current drugs do not address--we're discovering more about how to help those with MS.
To learn how this journey began, read my first post from August, 2009. Be well! Joan
Welcome to CCSVI Alliance!
Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency (CCSVI) is a recently documented vascular condition that may profoundly change the way we think about MS and other neurological diseases. Compelling research over the past several years supports continued investigation into the link between CCSVI, MS, and other neurological diseases. This site addresses critical aspects of CCSVI, from theory to research to treatment, providing original analysis and discussion that should engage both newcomers and medical professionals alike. For those just learning about CCSVI, we encourage you to begin in our Basics section for a pragmatic introduction to key aspects of CCSVI theory and treatment. For physicians, researchers, and patients looking for more sophisticated analysis, we hope you enjoy our Advanced Topics section, where all content has been reviewed and vetted by a world-class team of medical professionals whose expertise ranges from neurology to interventional radiology to imaging and physics. You can also find a searchable database of peer-reviewed research into CCSVI. We understand, however, that patient and physician interests run beyond pure research and hard facts. Accordingly, we have provided a dedicated section on Patient Perspectives, including patient experiences during and after CCSVI treatment, and questions and answers for potential patients. Our Helping Yourself section summarizes practical approaches to maintaining vascular health, as well as tips for talking to physicians about CCSVI. Visit our Facebook page for the latest information related to CCSVI and to connect with others interested in staying abreast of the news.
Our aim is to provide patients, caregivers, and medical professionals with a definitive resource for learning more about CCSVI - the science, the process, and the patient experience. As more research emerges, replacing mysteries with data and speculations with fact, we will be here, objective and clear. Opening veins, opening minds. Let's get started! - CCSVI Alliance
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President Salvatore Sclafani, M.D. President Elect Open Vice President Steve Alexander, Ph.D. Immediate Past President Ziv Haskal, M.D. Executive Director/Treasurer
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Imagine the feeling of regaining movement in your limbs, to be able to stand, to freely move after being bound to a wheelchair for an extended period of time!
Our founder and president is one such case, his name is Steve Garvie, who has been interviewed by W5, The Nature of Things, and CBS.
Steve suffered with MS and was wheel chair bound for many years. He underwent this procedure, and was able to partake in the father/daughter dance at his daughters wedding.
Your CCSVI Foundation
We are a national, non-profit organization, committed to the treatment of patients with Chronic Cerebral Spinal Venous Insufficiency (CCSVI)
CCSVI is a diagnosis by itself. It has been found in individuals suffering with M.S., Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Autism.
The CCSVI Foundation of Canada will raise awareness and funds, while working with patients in partnership to obtain access to treatment.
We also work in partnership with international specialists in the treatment of CCSVI with proven results to ensure the best outcome for treatments.
The treatment for CCSVI is a vascular balloon angioplasty, which is a slightly invasive procedure. The procedure is performed as an outpatient treatment and the patient is awake during the procedure. This procedure has been successfully performed on both ambulatory and non-ambulatory patients.
Worldwide, there have been well over 30,000 patients treated, with few complications.
What Is CCSVI?
CCSVI is a blockage of the Jugular and or the azygos veins, which return deoxygenated blood back to the circulatory system. This blockage causes deoxygenated blood to be trapped in the brain and is sometimes flushed back into the brain, which is called reflux.
These are clear blockages that are clearly seen via Doppler or an F-MRI and recognized by vascular surgeons and interventional radiologists
BARRIE - DR. SANDY McDONALD
Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgeon
is accepting 250 CCSVI patients to observe treatment for M.S.
2 Studies - A) Pre and Post treatment study (involves ultrasounds, trial on 250 patients)
B) Follow up of anyone who has received treatment - (no patient limit)
To collect more statistics regarding the procedure.
PLEASE CALL - BARRIE VASCULAR IMAGING (705) 722 - 8738 ***phone lines are busy so please be patient***
or you can email:
Angela Legace - Chief Stenographer and Office Manager - firstname.lastname@example.org
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