Dr. J. Steven Alexander--from LSU--has been looking at the vascular connection to MS for awhile.
He was really interested that I'd noticed Jeff's high coagulation and inflammatory markers during his first MS flare, and he had read my posts on here back in'08 on endothelial dysfunction and MS.
We talked at the very first meeting in Bologna, and I've been thrilled to see he continues to look at endothelial dysfunction, inflammation, hypoxia and disturbed blood flow in MS.
I remain convinced that CCSVI is not just about the vessel structure, but it's got to be about the interaction with vessel walls and blood, as well. Monitoring SED/ESR rate, endothelin levels, inflammatory markers and coagulation may give the researchers more insight into what is happening during an acute exacerbation. Jeff's done really, really well on pradaxa and the endothelial health program. Still open and flowing, and his inflammatory markers are gone.
Here's an earlier paper of Dr. Alexander's group on MS as a vascular diseasehttp://www.shreveportphysiology.com/Ale ... MS.pdf.pdf