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TURN DOWN FOR COMP AT VA.

I had a triple by-pass in 1992. Since then I have diabetes type 2 about 6 to 7 yrs. ago and have been paid for diabetes for comp in connection with agent orange by the va. Two yrs. ago I was diagnosed with Ischmic  cardiomyopathy, also have retinopathy, and I know diabetes is a risk factor for heart disease.  Why does nobody reconize diabetes as a risk factor, When trying to get comp?
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469720 tn?1388149949
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
Hello
How are you? I want to answer your question correctly so I need to clarify that youre asking me why does no one recognize diabetes as a risk factor for heart disease? Is that what youre asking? If that is what youve been denied compensation for, that is an error. Diabetes is clearly a risk factor for heart disease and diabetic eye retinopathy as well as stroke and limb loss. Please clarify if that is your question and if it is you should appeal the decision

There is some controversy regarding the relation of agent orange and cardiomyopathy

Again. please clarify to make certain that I have addressed your concern. Thanks and good luck
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They are saying that being I had a triple by-pass It's a pre existing condition,but I got Ischemic cardiomyopathay after  I had diabetes.  Should I appeal it?  Thank you for your time,
469720 tn?1388149949
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
I think that you have a valid arguement that diabetes contributed to development of ischemic cardiomyopathy, irregardless of the fact that you did have Coronary artery disease and triple bypass.  At the time that you had your bypass, depending on the condition of your heart and its function, you may not have had cardio myopathy. I would appeal. I think you have a strong case. God Bless, good luck and thank you for your service to our country
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Sir, Thank you for the very helpful information! I like to wish you and your family a  very Happy New Year! God Bless, Roger
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