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Chief1997

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I suffer from erectile dysfunction. I am considering applying for ED as secondary to my High blood pressure and on my sleep apnea, I am service connected for both of these conditions. I was recently approved for high blood pressure/hypertension under the pact act. I have had blood pressure issues for many years, in the past year. My cardiologist at the VA has had to increase my blood pressure medicine and add on a new additional blood pressure medicine soon after the medication adjustment my ED came significantly worse. The cardiologist switched me to a different blood pressure medicine my ED did not improve. my question, would it be best to ask for service connection for ED based on both OSA and hypertension or simply just ask for it secondary to hypertension? And lastly, would I need a doctors opinion saying my ED is secondary to hypertension? Or could I simply submit medical journals stating that my ED is related to, and secondary to my hypertension and or OSA?

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Do you take any mental health medications that could affect your ed? I would go the secondary route of ed secondary to hypertension because blood flow in the body greatly affects that region of the body. Granted I’m not a dr and recommend that you get a statement in support.

P.S. I would not go the route of sleep apnea but that is up to you.

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3 hours ago, Chief1997 said:

 And lastly, would I need a doctors opinion saying my ED is secondary to hypertension? Or could I simply submit medical journals stating that my ED is related to, and secondary to my hypertension and or OSA?

A doctors opinion connecting it secondary never hurts.  Stating medical journals would be a waste of time.

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I agree with el train. It is pointless for you to cite articles on your free time. It is just a waste of time as the Va doesn’t consider you a dr or your submission of articles. The veterans statement in support has little value as they want the evidence and dr statement of a nexus. 

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Stating medical journals IS NOT a waste of time. They will take notice and sometimes it will put your claim over the top. I have done this since 2007 and have had positive results in the past. A nexus statement from a doc is a must, though.

 

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Rentalguy 
Agree to disagree. Im not saying the BVA can’t see weight in it. But I was only say that it is pointless to take articles and such to an c&p examiner. They often get upset and say they have everything on record or are offended that you brought them. 

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