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Carotid Artery Disease and 38CFR Part 4


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Today I claimed Carotid Artery Disease wherein my left Carotid Artery is 100% occlusion (Blocked) and it is listed in my VA records Problem Items and my recent Carotid Artery Disease Report recently in VA Notes of 27 July, 2017.  It states in that report that I had Neck Radiotherapy due to Larynx Cancer.  I have looked at the 38CFR4 and found Cardiovascular and the conditions underneath it, but can't find the disease in there.  Does Anyone know what it falls under and what the code would be for rating it?

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Hey Broncovet!

Just to let you know I got my decision  already yesterday 10/3/2017.  That was fast as I filed the claim on 8/15/2017 through ebenefits.  Had C&P exam on 9/25/2017.  Carotid Artery Disease was service connected but 0% and Hypothyroidism was service connected at 10%, both secondary to larynx cancer (agent orange). I really didn't have to go through any hoops like in the old days.  It took me about 15 minutes to file the claim via ebenefits and since I was already in the system the claim form was already filled out except for the disabilities I was claiming. Both were a matter of medical history documented already by VA at the VAMC and CBOC.  C&P was nothing, took about 10 minutes.  You are right I won't get anymore money but unlike you I believe everything that is service connected should be documented just in case.......and in case of what.....I haven't a clue but just in case.  So claim from start to finish only took 49 days....that has to be some kind of record......

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Rocky,

That is encouraging to say the least.  It gives me hope with my next round of claims.

It also reinforces my stance on the VA in that they will not connect the dots for you unless prodded.  I looks to me like they had all the evidence they needed before you made the claim, but their "duty to assist" stopped with what was claimed from before.

One of my future claims is in my VA med record from a C&P where the rater asks the examiner to opine, whether secondary (yes) and if rated seperatly (yes) to a condition I was not claiming and was not mention in my decision letter.  Just out there on the record.  Question asked and answered, but not claimed.  So no "duty to assist".

I am glad this worked out for you, and a zero is a good thing, in my honest opinion,

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Do you have an actual CAD DX SC'd? Carotid Artery Disease and Coronary Artery Disease are mutually independent of one-another. Same holds true for a PAD DX, quite often no symptoms or actual DX of CAD is present.

Was your Cancer DX SC'd? What do your Private or VMC Specialists have to say regarding the etiology of your Carotid Artery problem?

Were you ever a Heavy Smoker?

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