Tuesday, February 1, 2011

AZ Doppler, Now treating for CCSVI

Hello Again Everyone, Its been awhile, and I feel terrible that I have not been able to refer you to anyone, since AZ Heart stopped treating.

But now I can give you information on AZ doppler. They are treating patients right now, no long wait lists. You can contact them directly. They Do Not take insurance, and the total cost for everything including scans is $9240.00

Here is their Contact info:
Ask for Mckinzie Seely
(602) 368-1079
Email mckinzie@azdoppler.com

a small update on me:
I am still MS free for almost a year now, thanks to CCSVI. I feel Great, and wish the same for all of you. Best Wishes, if you need to email me I am always here at tisamccay@gmail.com but otherwise from here on out just contact AZ Doppler directly. Thanks, Tisa

Friday, October 15, 2010

For All of you that need AZ heart contact info here it is

To enroll in our program, please call 602-240-5866 or e-mail us at

And yes people have answered my request for feedback from their treatment at AZ heart. They have just chose to do so via email. I can tell you it is all positive thus far. thanks T

From Lifegaurd and AZ HEART

History and Origin of CCSVI
Chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) is a term used to describe compromised flow of blood in the veins draining the central nervous system. Outflow obstructions of the internal jugular veins, vertebral veins, and/or azygous vein and their tributaries result in stasis or reflux of these outflow veins and redirection of flow. Many patients with CCSVI appear to have multiple sclerosis (MS), and many patients with MS have CCSVI. This condition could also be related to other neurological diseases.
Vascular surgeon Paolo Zamboni of Italy proposes that CCSVI has a role in the pathogenesis of MS. He suggests that resistance to cerebrospinal venous outflow causes vicarious redistribution through small collateral veins that cannot handle high flow. Zamboni and his colleagues theorized that the malformed blood vessels caused increased deposition of iron in the brain, which in turn triggers autoimmunity and degeneration of the nerve’s myelin sheath.
Dr. Zamboni and his associates have performed interventional procedures to correct CCSVI and find that 73% of patients improved. Some patients however, may only have transient relief, or no relief of their symptoms.
The Venous Impairment Program (VIP) at LifeGuard
LifeGuard and the Arizona Heart Institute (AHI) currently offer diagnostic testing and intervention for CCSVI. The testing/intervention include:
Bilateral internal jugular and vertebral venous duplex ultrasound taken in supine and upright position
Multi-slice venous CT of the head, neck, and chest to assess venous flow in the internal jugular, vertebrals and azygous veins.
Venogram and venoplasty with possible stent (currently, only when absolutely indicated)
CBC, CMP, lipids, PT/PTT, TSH, and EKG prior to the intervention.
The venogram is performed under local anesthesia. A small sheath (tube) is inserted into a vein in the groin. A catheter is inserted through the sheath and navigated into the neck and chest veins. Dye is injected in the veins to identify narrowing, blockage or other abnormalities. When observed, a balloon catheter is inserted and inflated to open the blood vessel and improve the flow. Currently stents are not routinely used.
If you have insurance that is accepted by AHI, they will file your insurance. Any noncovered services are your financial responsibility based on the cash pricing below. $2,500 for the diagnostic testing package includes:
Neurology record review
Duplex ultrasound
Venous CT
Test results reviewed with physician
Copies of test results
Preparation and explanation of venography and venoplasty if indicated
Consultation with Dr. Diethrich or his designee
Venous Impairment Program
VIP  2632 N. 20th Street  Phoenix, AZ 85006  Ph: 602.240.5866  Fax: 602.604.5039
A $300 non-refundable fee must be submitted with patient’s medical records. The $2200 balance will be collected prior to the diagnostic testing if accepted into the program. Venogram, venoplasty, laboratory analysis and EKG are $6,000 if performed. There will be an additional charge of $2,000 per stent if medically necessary. Acceptable funds are cash or credit card.
*Testing done at other locations will only be accepted if it meets the VIP protocol. We suggest that you have the testing here to avert unnecessary expenses.
What is Special about Our Program?
We have a highly skilled staff and testing and interventions are performed in one location over a one to two day period. In addition, Phoenix enjoys over 300 days of sunshine per year, and offers fine dining, 5 star accommodations, sports and many other activities should you wish to combine pleasure with your medical care.
Out of Town Patients
Once accepted, you should plan on spending a minimum of two complete days to complete your testing and intervention. We will provide you with a list of nearby hotels.
To enroll in our program, please call 602-240-5866 or e-mail us at VIP@lifeguardclinic.com.
Venous Impairment Program
VIP  2632 N. 20th Street  Phoenix, AZ 85006  Ph: 602.240.5866  Fax: 602.604.5039
John A. Sutherland, MD - Cardiologist
Director, Cardiovascular Imaging, Arizona Heart Institute
Dr. John A. Sutherland is board-certified in internal medicine and cardiology and has championed the applications of vascular ultrasound, 64-slice CT Angiography and MR imaging for advanced cardiovascular diagnostics. He has designed some of the innovative image technology used in our program. Dr. Sutherland joined the Arizona Heart Institute in 1998 after practicing cardiology for 20 years in Augusta, Maine. He earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard College in Massachusetts, received his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School, and completed his internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship at Miriam Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. Dr. Sutherland is a member of the American College of Cardiology.
Edward B. Diethrich, MD - Cardiovascular Surgeon
Medical Director and Founder of the Arizona Heart Institute
Dr. Edward B. Diethrich is regarded as one of the world’s pioneers in heart disease diagnosis and innovative cardiovascular treatments. Under the tutelage of famed heart surgeons Dr. Michael DeBakey and Dr. Denton Cooley, Dr. Diethrich completed his thoracic and cardiovascular training at Baylor College of Medicine where he remained as assistant professor in surgery until 1971 when he founded the Arizona Heart Institute, the nation’s first freestanding outpatient clinic devoted solely to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart and blood vessel disease.
Dr. Diethrich actively performs state-of-the art cardiovascular and endovascular procedures using the latest techniques, many of which he developed and brought to market. He is board certified in general, thoracic and cardiovascular surgery and is a member of all the specialty societies representing the cardiovascular field including the American College of Surgeons, American College of Cardiology, Fellow Royal College of Surgeons, and Chairman of the Board of the International Society of Endovascular Specialists.
VIP Faculty Leadership

Saturday, September 25, 2010

To Anyone that has been treated in Arizona

Hello Everyone, I know its been awhile, but I would love to hear feedback from everyone who has been treated fro CCSVI or VIP. I want to hear about progress!! As you all know I went into remission a few months ago, and I am hoping you all have the same results, or are at least feeling major improvements. I know Dr. D is treating about 3 people a day, and has been doing so for a little over a month. So please comment on my blog or email me at tisamccay@gmail.com with post procedure updates. Thanks and God Bless, T

Friday, August 27, 2010

Great News From AZHI and Lifegaurd

Guess What???? I just spoke with Teresa and AZHI and Lifegaurd are Happy to announce that they are billing insurance!!!!!! However if your insurance does not cover it you will be responsible. If you are on my or Teresa's list or both you should have received an information packet via email that should be filled out and returned to AZHI/ Lifegaurd then you will be contacted for an appointment. They will treat you same day if your tests show blocked veins. We have come a long way people, but we are here. They have already treated 10 people this week! So get your packets in and any questions regarding packets or appointments should be referred to Lifegaurd. You will find there contact info in the post below this one on Tisas Ms Liberation Blog. Yeah!!!! I hope you are all as happy as I am!!!!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Here it is Cost for testing and treatment

From: Carroll, Sue
Sent: Friday, August 13, 2010 12:01 PM
To: 'Tisa McCay'
Cc: Capriotti, Teresa
Subject: MS Statement on your site

Tisa…we appreciate your feedback. We have made changes to our program and will begin sending letters out today. When you have time, if you can change your site to reflect the wording below we would appreciate your help.

VIP for MS Patients
LifeGuard at the Arizona Heart Institute has established the Venous Impairment Program (VIP) to diagnose venous abnormalities that may be associated with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Diagnostic testing and intervention, if necessary, is offered to patients with a neurologist’s diagnosis of MS.
The cash price for the diagnostic testing is $2,700. If your studies indicate venous abnormalities, a venogram with venous angioplasty will be offered at the cash price of $7,000. At the present time, insurance is not accepted for this program. We are happy to give you a statement which includes procedure and CPT codes for services rendered. You may use this to submit a claim to your insurance provider on your behalf to determine if you are eligible for reimbursement of any of your expenses. Any payment by insurance should be sent directly to you, the patient. If you are interested in this program, please contact us at VIP@Lifeguardclinic.com.

Also the original list is still in effect. If you are on it you will receive an email in the next 3 working days. you can still email Teresa to check your spot on the list

Sue Carroll
LifeGuard Executive Director
2632 North 20th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85006
Fax 602-707-3536

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Good News

Hey everyone, I had a meeting with Dr. d and Teresa today, and shared all of your comments of disappointment. They are now revising the cost and including treatment immediately following testing if needed. They really want to help. Tomorrow they are sending me a revised version of cost and a statement to confirm they will be treating as well. I will post it as soon as I get it. Still working hard for all of you. T