The VEDS Movement and The Sullivan Group Announce New CME

New CME for Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome! A new online course is now available to medical professionals to increase awareness and diagnosis of Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (VEDS) among emergency physicians, nurses, and advanced practice clinicians. VEDS, a rare form of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, is often misdiagnosed or undiagnosed until a major life-threatening medical event. Individuals frequently describe their long road to…

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Aortic Dissection Collaborative COVID-19 Survey

The Aortic Dissection Collaborative currently has two opportunities for you to provide input on your experiences with aortic dissection:  The COVID-19 Survey explores healthcare for aortic dissection during the COVID-19 pandemic.Who is eligible to take this survey? People with or at risk for aortic dissection; family members/care partners of those with or at risk for aortic dissection; and care providers…

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Registration Now Open for the First-Ever E3 International Summit: Educating, Empowering, and Enriching Our Community Powered by The Marfan Foundation and VASCERN Foundation offers Summit Registration Free of Charge to All

The Marfan Foundation and VASCERN, the European Reference Network, are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the first-ever E3 International Summit: Educating, Empowering, and Enriching Our Community. The online event will provide unique access to presentations and live question and answer sessions on Marfan, Loeys-Dietz, VEDS (vascular Ehlers-Danlos), Stickler syndrome, and related conditions. Summit registration is free, but…

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Foundation Adds Four Prominent Medical Experts in VEDS, Marfan and Related Conditions to its Professional Advisory Board

The Marfan Foundation has announced the addition of four leading medical experts to its Professional Advisory Board (PAB): Adam Bitterman, DO, Mark Lindsay, MD, PhD, Gretchen MacCarrick, MS, CGC, and S. Chris Malaisrie, MD. The Professional Advisory Board is comprised of leading healthcare providers in the areas of Marfan, Loeys-Dietz, VEDS, and related conditions who provide us with professional…

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The Marfan Foundation Announces First-Ever E3 International Summit: Educating, Empowering, and Enriching Our Community

Three-Week Online Program Provides Never-Before Virtual Access to Leading Medical Experts from All Over the World For the first time in its nearly 40-year history, The Marfan Foundation is offering its community an incredible three-week program featuring medical experts from all over the world on an array of topics related to the diagnosis and treatment of Marfan syndrome, Loeys-Dietz…

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VEDS vs. EDS: Why it Matters

It’s Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) awareness month! We want to take this opportunity to share crucial differences between the most common form of EDS and Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (VEDS). EDS is a connective tissue condition that is frequently characterized in the media by “loose joints and soft, stretchy skin.” Articles about celebrities who reveal they have EDS do not usually…

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The VEDS Movement Has a New Look!

The VEDS Movement is excited to unveil its new logo to the community as it continues to make great strides for everyone impacted by VEDS. According to Katie Wright, director of The VEDS Movement, it is important to highlight the V as it distinguishes the vascular type of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome from the others. This is a critical distinction because…

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Letter from the President/CEO: Annual Conference Update

All of us at The Marfan Foundation and The VEDS Movement have been holding out hope that we would be together this summer for our Boston Annual Conference. We know how valuable it is to our community — for the access to leading doctors and researchers, for the networking opportunities with others, and for the children and teen programming….

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Guidance on When and How to Resume Medical Care

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The VEDS Movement, in collaboration with our Professional Advisory Board, continues to monitor the news regarding COVID-19 and wants to provide updated information for our community. Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) outlined guidance about resuming in-person medical care.  We want to pass on some of that guidance to our community about resuming in-person care because,…

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COVID-19 High Risk Patients and Ventilators

Why are people with underlying diseases, especially lung and heart disease, at high risk? People with Marfan, VEDS, Loeys-Dietz and related conditions are not automatically at higher risk for severe complications with COVID-19 simply based on their diagnosis. However, some patients may be at a higher risk if they also have one of the lung, heart, or other conditions…

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