Heart Disease added to Agent Orange V...
tom lacey

Chicago Heights, IL

#889 Oct 23, 2010
hi laura, its tom again, and i have another question for you.you mention MI being part of a list for ishemic heart disease rule. is aortic valve replacement, and aortic aneurysm (repaired) part of this list? also i filed a claim for the IHD , with all my medical records. it shows these problems and what was done to fix them. will the va automatically consider them as part of my claim? tom. thanks, and have a great day
alexy

Sacramento, CA

#890 Oct 23, 2010
Just had my VA cardiologist fill out form that was sent from San Diego RO (VA FORM 21-0960A) IHD questionaire stated I do have IHD diagnosis 1998, history of Mycardial Infraction and Coronary bypass surgery, 1-3 mets,68% lvef,nuclear test was completed, veterans ability to work is impacted, Already at 100% as of 05/01/2010. C&P exam 50%lvef and 3-5 mets with diagnosis of IHD. Meds continued,Dr. wants to do angoigram,I declined scheduled ultrasound and nuclear test, 65 yrs old tired of being under knife.
Laura

United States

#891 Oct 23, 2010
TERRY wrote:
Laura
I served 66-68, had a massive heart attck in 99 with a stent,my wife filed a claim with the VA while I was still in a coma, fast forward to 2005 went into cardic aresst,had a pace maker-defibulator put in. My ejection-fraction is 35-40% At present I recieve a rating of 50% for PTSD,10%for hearing loss. What rating will I be given now? will their be any compensation be given for my son,who was born in 76
Thank you ever so much
Terry
Hi, Terry!
Sorry I wasn't around to answer your question - had to go 100 miles away with hubby for C&P exam yesterday. Long drive - but the travel pay is good!(How's that for making lemonade out of the lemon??)

Anyway,you & Pat have done a great job of working things out, but there are a few comments I want to make:

First - you have some bucks coming (assuming you served in-country). An AICD is a pacemaker/defib and that's what you got. So... that is an automatic 100%.

Second, your LVEF OF 35-40% would qualify you for 60% even without the AICD.

Third, you will be due back pay that goes back to the date of your original claim that was denied.

Finally, what type of compensation are you thinking about for your 34 year old son? Best Wishes!
Laura

United States

#892 Oct 23, 2010
rob levine wrote:
what is lvef my left artery was 100 percent blocked and right artery 70 percent blocked.
they put in two stints to clear them and put me
on heart meds for rest of my life. nuclear stress test gave me a 82 percent of my age predicted maximum heart rate. my lv ejection fraction was 65 at rest but at stress they have no numbers could someone tell me if this would be more then 10 percent rating? the resting ecg shows normal sinus rhytum with poor precordial R wave progrssion and a Q wave in avl. test stopped because of fatique and moderate dyspnea. could someone give me their comments on the above. i did flat lined on table prior tostints and bought back with paddles. thank you for any input.
Hi, Rob!
After reading your post, I have some questions. Have you filed your claim for IHD? When did you have all this work done on your ticker? The ejection fraction you listed does, indeed, show within the "normal" range - but you have obviously had damage.

That's why I'd like to know if we are dealing with recent events. Have you had a stress test or echocardiogram recently? If not, when you have your C&P exam, they will estimate your METs if you are not able to take a stress test. Even if your LVEF is as high as 65, that does not mean your METs level will also be high.
Laura

United States

#893 Oct 23, 2010
Laura wrote:
<quoted text>
Hi, Rob!
After reading your post, I have some questions. Have you filed your claim for IHD? When did you have all this work done on your ticker? The ejection fraction you listed does, indeed, show within the "normal" range - but you have obviously had damage.
That's why I'd like to know if we are dealing with recent events. Have you had a stress test or echocardiogram recently? If not, when you have your C&P exam, they will estimate your METs if you are not able to take a stress test. Even if your LVEF is as high as 65, that does not mean your METs level will also be high.
Rob - Disregard my previous post - I just read back through my records as saw we have been through all this. There is no way for me to delete my new post, so please just disregard it.
Laura

United States

#894 Oct 23, 2010
Betty wrote:
any news on when the checks will be sent out? What a wait, what a wait!
Hi, Betty!
Hang in there - it's coming!
Lots of rumors and innuendo abound, but there are no firm facts to be had yet - except that nothing can be sent out until November 1st. The most consistent word I have heard is to look for a check sometime in November or December Hope this helps!
Laura

United States

#895 Oct 23, 2010
tom lacey wrote:
hi laura, its tom again, and i have another question for you.you mention MI being part of a list for ishemic heart disease rule. is aortic valve replacement, and aortic aneurysm (repaired) part of this list? also i filed a claim for the IHD , with all my medical records. it shows these problems and what was done to fix them. will the va automatically consider them as part of my claim? tom. thanks, and have a great day
Hi, Tom!
Won't you be glad when this whole thing is over? I know I will.

The new rule provides the following definition for IHD:
``Ischemic heart disease (including, but not limited to, acute, subacute, and old myocardial infarction; atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease including coronary artery disease (including coronary spasm) and coronary bypass surgery; and
stable, unstable and Prinzmetal's angina)''

Then, to explain further, the following is added:
For purposes of this section, the term ischemic heart disease does not include hypertension or peripheral manifestations of arteriosclerosis such as peripheral vascular disease or stroke,
or any other condition that does not qualify within the generally
accepted medical definition of Ischemic heart disease.

To answer your other question, the VA is supposed to read and consider everything you send them. And, if there is information contained in the records that substantiates another claim, they would then contact you.(My husband has received 2 such calls!)
Laura

United States

#896 Oct 23, 2010
alexy wrote:
Just had my VA cardiologist fill out form that was sent from San Diego RO (VA FORM 21-0960A) IHD questionaire stated I do have IHD diagnosis 1998, history of Mycardial Infraction and Coronary bypass surgery, 1-3 mets,68% lvef,nuclear test was completed, veterans ability to work is impacted, Already at 100% as of 05/01/2010. C&P exam 50%lvef and 3-5 mets with diagnosis of IHD. Meds continued,Dr. wants to do angoigram,I declined scheduled ultrasound and nuclear test, 65 yrs old tired of being under knife.
Hi again, Alexy!
Interesting numbers you got there...

Your cardiologist provided a LVEF in the "normal and healthy" range, and a METs reading in the 100% disabled range.

Your C&P exam resulted in a LVEF and METs that are both within the 60% compensation range.

I'm pretty sure that's why they want to do further testing - because your scores are literally all over the board!

I understand your dislike for having them probing at you, but be fore warned - you are hurting your cause by declining scheduled testing.
TERRY

Anita, IA

#897 Oct 23, 2010
Laura wrote:
<quoted text>
Hi, Terry!
Sorry I wasn't around to answer your question - had to go 100 miles away with hubby for C&P exam yesterday. Long drive - but the travel pay is good!(How's that for making lemonade out of the lemon??)
Anyway,you & Pat have done a great job of working things out, but there are a few comments I want to make:
First - you have some bucks coming (assuming you served in-country). An AICD is a pacemaker/defib and that's what you got. So... that is an automatic 100%.
Second, your LVEF OF 35-40% would qualify you for 60% even without the AICD.
Third, you will be due back pay that goes back to the date of your original claim that was denied.
Finally, what type of compensation are you thinking about for your 34 year old son? Best Wishes!
Laura,
You are a very sweet glass of lemonade. I hope all went well with hubby's C&P,
I wasn't sure if their might be something for a son or daughter, nothing major.

Thank you so much for all the work you do.

Terry
TERRY

Anita, IA

#898 Oct 23, 2010
Laura,

I have one more question. I read somewhere that the VA was going to limit the amount paid, like $10,000 a time, or will they pay the back pay in one lump sum.

Thanks lovy

Terry
Laura

United States

#899 Oct 23, 2010
TERRY wrote:
Laura,
I have one more question. I read somewhere that the VA was going to limit the amount paid, like $10,000 a time, or will they pay the back pay in one lump sum.
Thanks lovy
Terry
Picture a big ol' armored truck backing up to your front door. The back pay should come in one (GREAT BIG) lump sum.

Regarding compensation for your son, if he is listed on your claim paperwork,you would be rated at the "spouse and one child" rate for the years he was a dependent.

And, if you are rated 100% P&T (permanent and total) you would probably be able to make a case for reimbursement for his college/trade school expenses. I'm not positive about that, though.

Hope this helps - Have a great day!
Larry WI

AOL

#900 Oct 23, 2010
Well Vets its 5 business days to go. Laura I have a question for you. I have a AICD implanted Before AICD my LVIF was under 30 but after it was 35. Base on that information what do you think my rating will be. Thanks again all involved in thia forum as it has realy help make time pass. Also good luck to all vets & like Laura said lets us know your results it seems like we are all family here pulling for each other
teapartygirl

AOL

#901 Oct 23, 2010
Laura,
My husband did his agent orange exam in May 2002.
He filed in 2003 and he was turned down in July 2004. I wonder if they will pay him back to the date he was checked out, filed or turned down.
This was concerning his heart.
teapartygirl

AOL

#902 Oct 23, 2010
There is an article in the American Legion, November issue about Agent Orange.

I wish the very best for everyone that had to deal
with that horrible war.
Laura

United States

#903 Oct 24, 2010
Larry WI wrote:
Well Vets its 5 business days to go. Laura I have a question for you. I have a AICD implanted Before AICD my LVIF was under 30 but after it was 35. Base on that information what do you think my rating will be. Thanks again all involved in thia forum as it has realy help make time pass. Also good luck to all vets & like Laura said lets us know your results it seems like we are all family here pulling for each other
Larry,
AICD Implanted = 100%. End of story.(Yahoo!)
Laura

United States

#904 Oct 24, 2010
teapartygirl wrote:
Laura,
My husband did his agent orange exam in May 2002.
He filed in 2003 and he was turned down in July 2004. I wonder if they will pay him back to the date he was checked out, filed or turned down.
This was concerning his heart.
teapartygirl,
Good to hear from you again! Your hubby will be paid back to the date the VA received his original claim. Best Wishes!
Country Buff

Addison, IL

#905 Oct 24, 2010
Hello.....need an answer or opinion please.

Like most others, I'm awaiting a rating for
Agent Orange IHD. For the past 22yrs, I've been an IHD patient.However, I've recently been diagnosed with a leukemia that is NOT related to Agent Orange. Does anyone know or have an opinion if this recent diagnoses will effect my IHD rating?

Thanks and the best to all.
Laura

United States

#906 Oct 24, 2010
Country Buff wrote:
Hello.....need an answer or opinion please.
Like most others, I'm awaiting a rating for
Agent Orange IHD. For the past 22yrs, I've been an IHD patient.However, I've recently been diagnosed with a leukemia that is NOT related to Agent Orange. Does anyone know or have an opinion if this recent diagnoses will effect my IHD rating?
Thanks and the best to all.
Hi, Country Buff!
Your non-AO leukemia will have no effect whatsoever on your IHD rating. Best of luck with this new diagnosis - our thoughts and prayers are with you. Laura
Gary

Florence, KY

#907 Oct 24, 2010
Does anyone know what the rating will be for an old mycardio infraction.
Laura

United States

#908 Oct 24, 2010
Gary wrote:
Does anyone know what the rating will be for an old mycardio infraction.
Hi, Gary!
The regulation identifies "old myocardial infarction" as an indicator of IHD. The disability rating you receive will depend upon your METs and/or LVEF scores. That's how they measure how much damage to your heart was caused by your old MI.

(NOTE: If your METs and LVEF are in the "normal" range, but you are still on continuous meds because of your MI, your rating will be 10%.) Hope this helps!

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