I separated in 2007 and was awarded 80% for a number of things (listed below) after awards I have never made another claim. Since I got out I’ve used the VA for some care for my eyes and CPAP gear but not for everything as I have private insurance. Last month on Dec 21st I had a heart attack at 37 years old (turned 37 2 weeks before on Dec 11th) with 1 each 100% blockage requiring a stent. I was not on cholesterol or BP meds and I receive no disability for any cardio related issue. I had an electrocardiogram and my heart looks great with 100% function and my non VA cardiologist said I have to take plavix for a year and likely statins and BP meds for life but other than that no restrictions and no other damage. I read that OSA causes issues including heart attack but I have had high normal cholesterol since I was active duty (ldl 150ish, tri – 100+, hdl 40s, total 210+) and normal BP always.
My questions are:
1 – Can I tie the MI event to OSA? And if so can it cause the MI even if my BP and Cholesterol are not really considered high?
2 – If I have 100% function and no damage is it worth the effort?
left knee strain
left ankle strain status post talar break
right ankle strain
multi-level degenerative disc disease, thoracolumbar spine (claimed as lumbar and thoracic back conditions)
allergic rhinitis (also claimed as sinusitis), status post septo-rhinoplasty
central sleep apnea