There are certain diseases that the VA labels as presumptive conditions. It means that the VA presumes that specific disabilities diagnosed in certain veterans were caused by their military service. Vets with these illnesses don’t need the usual amount of evidence to file a claim.

Ischemic heart disease is a presumptive condition of Agent Orange exposure. Agent Orange is a herbicide which was used in both Vietnam and Korea during the 60s and 70s.

Ischemic heart disease is a serious heart problem where your arteries build up plaque, restricting oxygen flow in the blood. This can lead to a heart attack if the arteries get completely clogged.

To be eligible for disability benefits, you must be diagnosed with a heart condition through a valid method recognized by the VA. One of those methods is a metabolic equivalents of task test or METS test. This is also known as a stress test, used to determine someone's heart condition while exercising. You will be asked to ride a stationary bike or walk on a treadmill, and medical professionals will record your heart’s ability to provide oxygen during exercise. Even if the heart disease is service-related, it’s important that your doctor schedule a METS test to provide critical evidence for your claim. If there is evidence of a heart condition the VA will assign a rating from 10 percent up to 100 percent based on the METS test results. 

If you were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides during your military service and you suffer from Ischemic heart disease or other illnesses call us for a free evaluation of your case.

 If you have been turned down by the VA for benefits for any disability and you believe the denial was unfair, you have the right to appeal and you have the right to have an attorney represent you. At Cuddigan Law you have a dedicated team of professionals in your corner who understand the system and who will fight for your rights. 



Sean D. Cuddigan
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SSA and VA Disability Attorney in Omaha, Nebraska