Vancouver CCSVI

November 08, 2010 15:58 ET

Media Release: MS Patients to Hold Vancouver CCSVI Community Information Session

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 8, 2010) -

Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Vancouver Public Library – Alice MacKay Room
350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC

A panel of MS patients who recently travelled abroad for treatment will share their stories and answer questions related to CCSVI in a free public event Tuesday, November 16 from 7-9PM at the Vancouver Public Library – Alice MacKay Room, Vancouver, BC.

CCSVI (Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency) is a new condition associated with MS where veins draining the brain and spinal cord have malformations causing constricted, blocked, or reverse blood flow. Recent research found CCSVI in between 60 and 100% of persons with MS and in no more than 22% of persons who do not have MS. Treatment consists of using angioplasty to improve blood flow by inflating balloons within the affected veins. In some cases where the balloon inflation does not work, a metallic stent is placed permanently in the vein.

Building on the online grassroots movement of MS patients sharing information and resources regarding Dr. Paolo Zamboni's theory of CCSVI, this meeting will appeal to patients, caregivers, and health care professionals interested in patient perspectives, case histories, and outcomes from those who have sought treatment, currently only available in other countries. Panel members have been treated in Poland, Germany, Mexico, and the United States at their own expense.

Also speaking with be Dr. Mark Godley from the False Creek Healthcare Centre, who has been a great advocate for CCSVI. Dr. Godley will talk about what CCSVI actually is, and the clinical study of blood vessel differences in people with Multiple Sclerosis now being conducted at the Centre.

Seating is limited to 300 people. Pre-registration is required by going to:

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