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Peripheral Artery Disease (pad)

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I have had PAD since 1999, has anyone ever heard if this has been considered as an Agent Orange presumptive? And should I go ahead and file on this since it is so close to the IHD conditions and is even mentioned in the new posting.

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According to the proposed Ischemic Heart disease regs, it's not. It is, according to medical references, related to Diabetes. The VA likes to deny as secondary to Diabetes.

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DuRock

I'm in the boat right along side of you.

If you haven't read the proposed regulations you can find them at www.Regulations.gov under VA proposed regulations.

At this point the proposed regulations specifically state that peripheral vascular and stroke will not be allowed. I realize PAD is not the same as PVD, but since they are saying the won't allow stroke, they most likely won't allow anything peripheral.

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I have had PAD since 1999, has anyone ever heard if this has been considered as an Agent Orange presumptive? And should I go ahead and file on this since it is so close to the IHD conditions and is even mentioned in the new posting.

DuRock,

Have you ever been checked for heart disease? I ask because PAD although it is in the peripheral arteries, can be an indicator of coronary artery health. Meaning that if your peripheral arteries are sick (PAD) than you may have sick arteries in your heart (IHD). If you have never seen a cardiologist than you should consider what I have explained and make an appointment. Also, you should have your "carotid arteries" checked as well, because PAD can be an indicator of problems there as well.

JMO,

Bergie

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DuRock,

Have you ever been checked for heart disease? I ask because PAD although it is in the peripheral arteries, can be an indicator of coronary artery health. Meaning that if your peripheral arteries are sick (PAD) than you may have sick arteries in your heart (IHD). If you have never seen a cardiologist than you should consider what I have explained and make an appointment. Also, you should have your "carotid arteries" checked as well, because PAD can be an indicator of problems there as well.

JMO,

Bergie

Bergie's advise is right on....Not to scare you but I was told everything Bergie said by my vascular specialists. I was originally diagnosed with PAD in 2002 and 6 years later I had a stent put in the other leg. At that time they also found atherosclerosis in my aorta, one carotid occlusion and the other had build up that they figure will require treatment in the near future. I'm currently investigating whether I have it in my heart too (IHD).

Thanks for bring that up Bergie...it's important to know. I wish somebody had told me about it in 2002.

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Bergie's advise is right on....Not to scare you but I was told everything Bergie said by my vascular specialists. I was originally diagnosed with PAD in 2002 and 6 years later I had a stent put in the other leg. At that time they also found atherosclerosis in my aorta, one carotid occlusion and the other had build up that they figure will require treatment in the near future. I'm currently investigating whether I have it in my heart too (IHD).

Thanks for bring that up Bergie...it's important to know. I wish somebody had told me about it in 2002.

'chr49',

I try to help with medical advice/questions when I can. I appreciate your kind words and hope the best for you.

Take care,

Bergie

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