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Veterans administration what is the compensation for ischemic heart disease?

Veterans administration what is the compensation for ischemic heart disease?

Depends on severity: VA Compensation for any disability has to be 1st deemed 'Service connected (SC). Once established as SC, veterans are eligible for compensation, which is based on severity. Chest xrays, electrocardiogram, echocardiogram are a few of the main tests that determine severity of the heart disease. The results of the testing determine what the compensation is. Heart attacks obviously rate high. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Werner
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Heart Diseases (Definition)

Heart disease is a condition in which a person has problems within his or her vascular system and heart, which includes both congenital birth defects and problems acquired later. Examples of heart disease include clogging (atherosclerosis) of the coronary (heart) arteries, heart attacks (obstructions of the arteries), damaged heart valves, heart muscle failure, and viral infections of the heart. Some major causes of heart disease include genetics, smoking, hypertension, high ...Read more


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Can you describe ischemic heart disease?

Can you describe ischemic heart disease?

Ischemic Heart Disea: Ischemic heart disease is caused by blockage of coronary arteries causing angina or chest pain due to exsertion or a heart attack where pt gets irreversible damage to the heart muscle. ...Read more

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How is ischemic heart disease diagnosed?

How is ischemic heart disease diagnosed?

Isch heart disease: With a proper history, physical exam, and diagnostic testing that would likely include an ekg. Additional testing might include a stress test, non-invasive coronary artery imaging (like with ct scan or mri), or invasive coronary imaging (cardiac catheterization). A lipid panel would also play a role in assessing and reducing risk of ischemic heart disease. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed as having ischemic heart disease, but I have had an angiogram which was clear. What do I do now?

I have been diagnosed as having ischemic heart disease, but I have had an angiogram which was clear. What do I do now?

Talk to your doctor.: You are as confused as I am. There is likely a good explanation for the apparent conflict, but it will be individualized. There needs to be some clarification with your cardiologist. ...Read more

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What is the difference between ischemic heart disease and cad?

What is the difference between ischemic heart disease and cad?

CAD: They're essentially the same thing ischemic heart disease means that there is decreased blood flow to an area of the heart most likely due to less blood flow through the coronary arteries-- coronary artery disease. There are other causes of heart disease such as hypertension or infiltrative diseases. ...Read more

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Do specific hla antigens predispose someone to ischemic heart disease?

Do specific hla antigens predispose someone to ischemic heart disease?

Yes and no: There is no direct correlation between hla types and the incidence of CAD that I am aware of. However, certain hla types, ie b27, are associated with CAD thought due to chronic inflammation and vascular injury. For instance many chronic autoimmune disease patients have a higher incidence of cad. ...Read more

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What's drug of choice in pat. With acute migraine and ischemic heart disease?

What's drug of choice in pat. With acute migraine and ischemic heart disease?

Thanks for asking!: This is a tough situation. You cannot use either triptans or ergots. So may have to use nasaids, fioricet, (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) or so. ...Read more

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What does high altitude do for ischemic heart disease, is there any difference?

What does high altitude do for ischemic heart disease, is there any difference?

Stress on heart: Pts who go to high altitudes find that there is less availbla oxygen for them to do such things as execise etc. Over time the body adapts by making more red blood cells. And they won't feel so fatigued or short of breathe with activities. But this adaptation takes time. A pt with ischemic heart disease doesn't always have the reserve during the transition and agina or even a heart attack can occur. ...Read more

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Stress test is positive for exercise inducted ischemic heart disease. What does this mean?

Stress test is positive for exercise inducted ischemic heart disease. What does this mean?

Positive stress: A stress test is generally done to determine if heart disease symptoms are related to actual heart disease. Sometimes people at risk for heart disease, but being prepared for stressful procedures like surgery, will have a stress test done. If a stress test suggests ischemic heart disease, generally, further evaluation, like a heart cath, should be done to confirm its presence. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the recommended vitamins and herbs for ischemic heart disease?

I was wondering what are the recommended vitamins and herbs for ischemic heart disease?

Heart disease: Many nutrients can help the heart. Co q10 is important. You should consider micro nutrient testing to determine any deficiencies. ...Read more

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How does nifedipine worsen ischemic heart disease?

How does nifedipine worsen ischemic heart disease?

Reflex: It causes a reflex tachycardia if it's not prescribed with a second med to hold down heart rate. Tachycardia (increased heart rate) is harmful when the heart is not receiving adequate circulation (ischemic heart disease). ...Read more

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Is transient ischemic attack a ischemic heart disease?

Is transient ischemic attack a ischemic heart disease?

No: It is an ischemic cerebrovascular disease. However, someone who has one is at much higher risk of having both than someone who has neither. ...Read more

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What are the recommended vitamins and herbs to take for ischemic heart disease?

What are the recommended vitamins and herbs to take for ischemic heart disease?

Magnesium: Magnesium has over 300 functions in humans. One function is muscle relaxation through its opposing effect on calcium (like a calcium channel blocker). The blood vessels feeding the heart are lined by muscle. With magnesium the blood vessels dilate and thus can bring more oxygen to the heart, which relieves ischemia. ...Read more

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What is the reason for enhanced external counter pulsation for ischemic heart disease?

What is the reason for enhanced external counter pulsation for ischemic heart disease?

"Unloads" the heart: Eecp helps both supply and demand. It inflates during diastole, squeezing the body's arteries and causing back-pressure to push blood into the coronary arteries. It then deflates during systole, which causes negative pressure that sucks out blood from the ejecting heart, helping it eject with less effort, or strain, and hence less energy demand is required by the squeezing heart. ...Read more

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What are the differences between an atheroma, atherosclerosis, and ischemic heart disease?

What are the differences between an atheroma, atherosclerosis, and ischemic heart disease?

Definitions: Atherosclerosis descrinbes the pathological process involving the arteries anywhere in the body whereby plaques (usually consisting of inflammatory cells, cholesterol, etc,) form. An atheroma is one of those plaques. Ischemic heart disease describes a condition whereby heart muscle is not recieving adequate oxygen. This is most commonly from atheromas in the coronary arteries. ...Read more

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Are cardiovascular disease and ischemic heart disease the same disease?

Are cardiovascular disease and ischemic heart disease the same disease?

Close: The way I define it is that cardiovascular disease refers to the present of plaque (arterial disease) in the arteries of the heart. Ischemic heart disease means that the disease in the arteries has now decreased the blood flow to the heart and is affecting how it functions. Ischemic heart disease is a subset of cardiovascular disease. ...Read more

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Are ischemic heart disease and hypertrophic obstructive cardio myopathy related?

Are ischemic heart disease and hypertrophic obstructive cardio myopathy related?

Not really: Ischemic heart disease refers to atherosclerotic disease of thee coronary arteries. Hocm is a disorder of the muscle cells of the heart. There is not a common cause. ...Read more

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How to know if cardiovascular disease and ischemic heart disease are the same thing?

How to know if cardiovascular disease and ischemic heart disease are the same thing?

Type: Ischemic heart disease is one type of cardiovascular disease. Cardiac dysfunction secondary to coronary occlusion and infarct or critical pre infarct coronary stenosis. Organic heart disease includes idiopathic cardiomyopathy, amyloid, viral dilated cardiomyopathy secondary to valvular dysfunction. Arteriosclerosis or cardiovascular disease affectsallarteries inthebody. Strokes/heartattack/peripherov. ...Read more

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How accurate is Echocardiogram for finding ischemic heart disease? Had a clear angiogram 2012.

How accurate is Echocardiogram for finding ischemic heart disease? Had a clear angiogram 2012.

Not so great.: An echocardiogram may show if you had a heart attack in the past; but will not reveal if you currently at risk for a heart attack. You'd need a stress test and/or another angiogram. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about a junior doctor changing my ischemic heart disease medication after surgery?

Should I be concerned about a junior doctor changing my ischemic heart disease medication after surgery?

Junior Doctor?: You have to tell us what you mean by junior doctor. There are doctors in training who work under supervision of attending physicians
and there are junior doctors who have finished their training and are affiliated with a senior doc
in either case you are safe as long as your primary doctor or cardiologist is aware of it
discuss with your doc at next visit why your med was changed, always a reason. ...Read more

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I am diabetic, hypertensive and have familial hyperlipidemia, what risk chance to get ischemic heart disease?

I am diabetic, hypertensive and have familial hyperlipidemia, what risk chance to get ischemic heart disease?

Higher risk: You have many risk factors for ischemic heart disease. Best thing you can do right now is to maintain healthy weight, loss weight if you are currently overweight or obese, do no smoke, take medications as prescribed to control the diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol problems. Exercise if you can once cleared by your physician. ...Read more

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Could ischemic heart disease be diagnosed and treated. Could it be that type of disease cause dizziness, severe headaches?

Could ischemic heart disease be diagnosed and treated. Could it be that type of disease cause dizziness, severe headaches?

C Below: Ischemic heart disease can present in many ways. A typical scneario would be oppresive chest pain, lasting minutes, relieved by rest or nitroglycerin.

In diabetics presentation might be different.

Considering your risk factors are important in this case
HTN, Low HDL, High LDL, Age, Family HX, Smoking ...Read more

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How to differentiate ischemic heart disease from gastroesophageal reflux disease?

How to differentiate ischemic heart disease from gastroesophageal reflux disease?

Tough Sometimes: In general, ischemic heart symptoms are exacerbated by exertion while symptoms of gerd are not related to exertion. It can be difficult to differentiate the two based on symptoms alone. It is important to exclude angina when you are having persistent symptoms rather than assume it is gerd. ...Read more

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What is the relationship between burning sensation of toes fingers and ischemic heart disease?

What is the relationship between burning sensation of toes fingers and ischemic heart disease?

Not aware of any: "burning" is a symptom most commonly associated with a nerve. Carpal and tarsal tunnel (nerve compression), neuritis (inflammation) and some metabolic diseases (like diabetes and anemia) can also produce a burning feeling.

The most I can think of is angina can sometimes cause the left arm and fingers to tingle or even burn. It certainly would have no affect on the toes, though. ...Read more

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Slight bruit over the left femoral artery may be indicative of atherosclerosis. Why this is a risk factor for ischemic heart disease?

Slight bruit over the left femoral artery may be indicative of atherosclerosis. Why this is a risk factor for ischemic heart disease?

May not be.: Bruits, noise, over a blood vessel, has several causes. A common one is plaque build up and narrowing that produces turbulent flow and noise.
The presence of plaque anywhere is a sign of atherosclerosis. Ischemic heart disease is related to coronary plaque buildup. ...Read more