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Strange Phone Message About C&p Exam

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I put in for an increase in April and got the usual letter 60 days later about they are working my claim. Today I get a phone message about a appointment for exam on July 2nd. I have had two heart surgery in the past two years and while I have no problem taking an exam I really do not fell confortable doing a treadmill exam with them! Last time I had to almost show the tech which side of the stethesscope to use. can I just take my paper work and the treatment records from my cardio dr and give that to them?

I am also going to ask for an increase in my hypertension which is finally controled by medication and N&P increase due to burning pain at night. Sometimes I can hardly sleep even after I have taken my sleep medication. don't know if this s--t is really worth the bother anymore.

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They did the same with me had stents put in Jan 2007 36 days later had letter from QTC saying that I had a stress test scheduled, told them that I just had stents placed then they gave me a bunch of bull stating if I did not show VA would be notified and that I would lose the 10% rating I had for my last MI in 2003. So I went could only get up to 1 Mets, Blood pressure was going nuts and was way out of breath, fatigued, and about ran off the back of the treadmill...lol

Waiting to see how they are going to rate it because my LF was 48% before the stent placement by a cardolite scan. Plus 2 ekg's after the stent placement show right aorta enlargement.

Good luck on your exam and take care.

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Here is how they rate from the CFR 38 for most Heart Conditions

7006 Myocardial infarction:

During and for three months following myocardial infarction, documented by laboratory tests 100

Thereafter:

With history of documented myocardial infarction, resulting in:

Chronic congestive heart failure, or; workload of 3 METs or less results in dyspnea, fatigue, angina, dizziness, or syncope, or; left ventricular dysfunction with an ejection fraction of less than 30 percent 100

More than one episode of acute congestive heart failure in the past year, or; workload of greater than 3 METs but not greater than 5 METs results in dyspnea, fatigue, angina, dizziness, or syncope, or; left ventricular dysfunction with an ejection fraction of 30 to 50 percent 60

Workload of greater than 5 METs but not greater than 7 METs results in dyspnea, fatigue, angina, dizziness, or syncope, or; evidence of cardiac hypertrophy or dilatation on electrocardiogram, echocardiogram, or X-ray 30

Workload of greater than 7 METs but not greater than 10 METs results in dyspnea, fatigue, angina, dizziness, or syncope, or; continuous medication required 10

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My husband has an ejection fraction of 39. The C&P doctor had all of his medical records stating this. He is a diabetic with several secondary conditions caused by is diabetes. Basically he was tested for all of the same things that you listed here. He had a below knee amputation on his right leg in 1998 and he has PVD. So he also cannot walk very far because his left leg causes too much pain. When he went for his exam for his heart condition they put him on a treadmill! He had not been on a treadmill for a stress test since he lost his leg and he has had multiple stress tests. They would always just give him the medication for the test. He ended up getting rated 100% for his heart condition. He almost fell off the treadmill because of leg pain.

After the test, I requested the results and the doctor's notes and noticed that the primary doctor stated under stress test, he put the word "No". As if to say do not put him on a treadmill. They did anyway.

We did not say anything at the time of the exam for fear they might try and say that he refused to take a test. My husband was really worried he might have a heart attack during the test and he has no faith at all in the VA doctor's knowing what to do if he did. I agree with everyone who mentioned taking your EF medical records and possibly a note from your doctor stating that you cannot take a stress test at this time.

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