Ischemic heart disease or coronary artery disease affects more than five million Americans. Ischemic heart disease occurs when plaque gradually builds up in the arteries and causes a reduction in the flow of blood to the heart. This starves the heart of oxygen and causes angina, or chest pain. Ischemic heart disease is a leading cause of heart attacks and is the most common cause of death in the United States.
If you are a Vietnam era veteran and are suffering from ischemic heart disease, you may be eligible for benefits from the Veteran’s Administration. In 2009, the VA recognized that exposure to Agent Orange increases the risk of ischemic heart disease. Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides during their military service may be eligible to receive VA disability compensationand health care services for ischemic heart disease without having to prove a connection between their disease and their military service. These veterans may use the VA’s Fast Track Claims Processing System when applying for benefits.
Unfortunately, many veterans who are eligible for benefits are wrongly denied or are given a lower disability rating than they deserve. If you were denied VA benefits for ischemic heart disease, it is a good idea to contact a Dallas veteran’s benefits attorney. An experienced lawyer will help you file an appeal so you can get the benefits you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, contact Morgan &Weisbrod at 800-800-6353.
Veterans who are suffering from ischemic heart disease may also be eligible for Social Security disability benefits (SSDI). Our Dallas disability lawyers can help with your Social Security application as well.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.