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Heart Disease and VA Disability Benefits

September 29 is World Heart Day, instituted to raise awareness of cardio-vascular disease and its prevention. Millions of people around the world are affected every year by heart disease, which causes around 600,000 deaths in the United States annually each year, some of them among veterans of the U.S. military services.

Veterans with heart disease resulting or worsening from their service are eligible to apply for disability compensation benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Examples of cardio-vascular conditions that can qualify a vet for disability benefits include:

  • Artery and vein conditions (vascular disease )
  • High blood pressure/hypertension
  • Myocardial infarction (heart attack)
  • Heart valve replacement
  • Heart block
  • Ventricular arrhythmia (congestive heart failure)
  • Coronary spasm
  • Angina
  • Coronary artery disease (ischemic heart disease)
  • Pericardial adhesions
  • Infectious heart conditions
  • Heart transplant
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Hypertensive heart disease

According to a 2013 press release from the Department of Veterans Affairs, millions of veterans in the VA healthcare system have one or more of the risk factors for heart disease: coronary artery disease (18 percent), diabetes (24 percent), obesity (36 percent) and hypertension (52 percent). Although simply having one …read more

Read more here:: The Rep for Vets – VA Benefits Blog

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