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Yet Another Heart Attack And Related Problems

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Vietnam 1968 - 1969

Huey Crewchief

Because it is relevant

B.S. in Physics (never totally completed Masters program)

enough credit hours in Math and Computer Science just because it was needed for the Masters

Thank you VA benefits


Quadruple heart bybass in 2006 on pump (heart lung machine) eight hours+ for surgery.

There is normally some cognitive impairment for a few months and even years but sometimes not.

There was no cardiac rehab after surgery, the VA did not have it available. I knew it was important for a good recovery and tried to get it on my own. The local hospital required a prescription for cardiac rehab… so out of pocket that was over $1000. The closest hospital wanted $200 per session 3 days a week for three months. I couldn't afford it. I did not improve very much.

The VA would do nuclear stress tests every 2 years which is a good thing to check progress. I look at that stress test as a challenge and have succeded each time because I joined a gym and "studied for the test". I hate the gym but I always go and work out.

Just two or three years ago I would have qualified for some percentage of disability, but now, the left ventrical is a normal size and ejection fraction is normal too. METS are 10 or more so 0% or maybe 10% for disability. I hope that keeps the door open for secondaries.

I need to SC the cognitive issues from the cardiac surgery Post perfusion syndrome (pumphead) from being on pump for 8 hours during surgery.

All my life I have worked as a programmer and systems developer. For the last 15 years I have been self employed and most of that time writing code. Until I had my bybass surgery. Now I can't even calculate a tip for a meal.

How do I include this in my claim? The psychiatrist at the Agent Orange exam said the brain issue in the MRI (I paid for it on the outside) should only affect vision and I can fix my brain by exercising it with online programs like Lumosity. Bullshit!

This site is great, I made a donation within the first eight hours of my first visit because it is so organized and the members help with all of their experience in these issues. I have also been preparing my initial claim using the ebooks Chris Attig has created as well as his latest package to create that claim. There is a small cost but well worth the shortcut to understand and prepare for the system quickly.

Thank you Hadit and every one here.


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Is this for a claim under Nehmer regarding AO ischemic heart disease ( IHD)?

Do you have any ratings yet from VA?

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I would sure file for SC on the heart. Even if you got 0% you are SC. Are you working? Am I right that you have no other insurance. How far are you from Medicare? I would not put up with lousy VA care if I had any other resource. No cardiac rehab after surgery? Then they VA should not be doing cardiac surgery. Damn them.


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The VA did triple by pass on my spouse back in 2005 and she had no after care was sent home after a week from the surgery, I am not sure they should do the surgery if they don't help with the after care rehab ect,,ect,, but it saved her life

They said with her three block arties she would have killed over in about a week she had two 90%blocked and one main aorta 96% blocked

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Hi Berta

I never knew I could file a claim for anything until recently so I'm working on my initial claim now for several items. I understand Nehmer would only apply if I had already filed in the past. I didn't know I could file in 06 when I had the heart attack. Nobody at the VA has ever said anything.

I have no ratings yet.


It's good to know that 0% for the heart will give me the chance to try and SC some other things that can be related like Sleep Apnea and Hypertension.

I have been self employed and there has been no new programming since 06 and I only maintain and run some of my old programs with notes and a map I wrote to guide me. This problem with pump head has made it impossible.

I have Medicare now as a backup but have not used it yet. The bypass was an emergency so it was done at a real hospital. I knew I was going to need some heart work done and thought it might be a stent or two. I had been looking outside of the U.S. for something I could afford (I've only had Medicare 2 years). I got lucky, the VA paid for it because it was an emergency. The VA hospitals in Miami and West Palm Beach don't do bypass surgery.

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