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pending rating after SOC

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OK, so here's my story. I was in Iraq in 2008-09, and started having chest pain. It was dismissed by the army doctors as probably just a strained muscle. Fast forward a few years, and I was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension and stage one heart failure, both of which are ultimately fatal. I submitted a claim for these conditions, which was denied. I appealed this denial to the DRO in St. Louis, MO. The C&P doctor doesn't feel like I am still afflicted with heart failure, even though I have been seeing a cardiologist for it for years. I received a SOC for the heart failure and another contention for sleep apnea, which I filed the form 9, and continued the appeal on these issues. The contention for pulmonary hypertension has a pending rating decision in the system according to my VSO, of which they gave me a copy. Here's my issue. I am diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension, as well as other diseases. The doctor who did my C&P exam clearly stated that he believed that my PH was service connected. The pending rating states that I am granted service connection for PH. However, in the section that details the rating, it is rated at 30% as "Symptomatic, following resolution of acute pulmonary embolism." I have never been diagnosed with pulmonary embolism, only pulmonary hypertension. In the CFR 38 section 4.97, diagnosis code 6817, Non-tuberculosis diseases of the respiratory system, Pulmonary Hypertension is clearly listed as a 100% condition. I called the 1800 number to check on the rating decision, and I was informed that it was sent to the authorizer, who then sent it back to the rater, and it is now just waiting to be authorized again. Is it possible that the authorizer saw this, and felt that the " Symptomatic, following resolution of acute pulmonary embolism" was not an accurate representation of my diagnosis, and asked for it to be updated? Also, this decision was issued on the 12th of April, 2017, and it is now May 21, 2017. What could be taking so long in getting that decision finalized? Thanks in advance!

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Check 2017 BVA Decisions for your Docket Number.

Make a copy and contact the Vet Legal Consortium (Pro Bono) CAVC Representation.

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