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High Cholesterol and Peripheral Vascular Disease


I have been dealing with Peripheral Vascular Disease for 5 years.  When I was active duty in Naples, Italy, in 1993 during my physical exam coming back to the States, my doctor said that I had High Cholesterol.  I was discharged from active duty in Oct 1995 and during my physical when leaving the military I was still diagnosed with High Cholesterol.  I know that high cholesterol is not considered a disease but a lab finding.  My question to everyone who might have an answer, here it goes.  Can I claim my current PVD to my High Cholesterol as either a service-connection or as secondary to my High cholesterol?  I really would appreciate everyone's help! Thanks in advance.


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As Berta asked, do you have any other S-C disabilities? I would try research on ANY meds you take that were prescribed by the VA. It is a long shot for sure but if you take a prescribed med for one th

PVD can be caused by "High blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels".  It can also be caused by obesity, smoking, increasing age, and family history.  I see the VA trying to pin one of these on you

I use Google all the time to see what side effects my meds may be causing, after all we really never know. If you do discover a med that may cause PVD you will need a strong IMO to establish a SC. I a

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Frank89 If you have a copy of your med records and that notation is on it, great. Do you use VA medical, or do you have a civilian doc who prescribes the statin and blood thinners? If civilian, see if you can get him to do a dbq for the cholesterol diagnosis, and get him to say that it was, in his opinion, "at least as likely as not" established during your active duty time. If it is a VA doc, when you see him/her again, ask how long does it take to get high cholesterol? Then ask, gee doc, could this have been while I was on active _years ago. If he responds favorably, ask him politely if he could just mention it in your progress notes. Your SMR should be enough, but belt and suspenders when dealing with the VA works better. Of course, once you get s-c, any meds you need to take for that particular disability are on the VA, no cost/co-pay to you. 

I just saw that there isn't a specific diagnostic code for high cholesterol. My bad, I should have checked it first. There is a condition which is called hyperlipidemia, d.c. 7005, and it is rated if it results in a heart condition. So, the obvious question is do yo you have a heart condition. If so, then what I suggested still applies, but I would suggest that you get a strong IMO to submit with your claim.

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So what is the 10% s-c rating for? Is it PVD lowest rating, or another disability? What is the diagnostic code that you were originally given a 60% rating for? You can find it at ebenies or your decision letter.

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This has nothing to do with your question.  I have PVD I was wondering did you have surgery or  

rehab to help you walk.  You can pm me if you want.

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