MND: The relationship between MS and Brain blood circulation is coming into focus. Of course, now all the MS  community is aware of the Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency (CCSVI theory) which claims MS is the result of poor blood circulationj in the brain. We have posted several times on it [1,2]. The proponents of this theory are adamant about it’s validity and claim successes. However, there are also CCSVI detractors, as we have discussed in our posts.

This new work [3] from Dr Miguel D’haeseleer et. al. is fascinating, but also adds another concern to MS patients: “strokes” The team sees three types of vascular threats:

  1. ischaemic stroke (Some of the brain is blood starved)
  2. global cerebral hypoperfusion (Most of the brain is under blood irrigated)
  3. chronic state of impaired venous drainage (The CCSVI mentioned above). Note that the authors do not think much of the CCSVI theory as a whole, but concede that MS can have (or bring about) some brain blood circulation issues

It might be helpful to see what people for stroke prevention in general. Wikipedia has an excellent entry on “stroke’ which is a “disturbance in the blood supply to the brain”, and lists risk factors:

  • Blood pressure
  • Blood lipids: Entry claims Statins reduce the risk of stroke by 15%
  • Diabetes mellitus . Wikipedia states that tight diabetes control does not reduce the stroke risk for diabetics.

Note that MS is not (yet) on the list…

So what is recommended in general against strokes: Blood thinners and mediterranean diet….

Talk to your Doctor

Sources:

[1] PART II of Experimental Treatments of Multiple Sclerosis: Focus on the CCSVI Procedure

[2] Multiple Sclerosis: Study shows Chronic Cerebrospinal Vascular Insufficiency Is Not Associated with an Antigen Associated with Multiple Sclerosis Susceptibility

[3] Vascular aspects of multiple sclerosis; The Lancet The Lancet Neurology, Volume 10, Issue 7, Pages 657 – 666, July 2011

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