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Do you have Hypertension?

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Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a common diagnoses for most veterans. High blood pressure can be easily developed due to the stress acquired during active duty military service. In fact, high blood pressure is the most common chronic condition among veterans, affecting more than 37% of the veteran population. However, the VA can make it difficult to receive benefits for hypertension.

What is Hypertension?

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, occurs when the force of blood flowing through your blood vessels is consistently too high. Blood pressure is a measure of the force exerted on artery walls as blood pumps through the circulatory system. A higher than normal blood pressure means that the heart works much harder to circulate blood. If your blood pressure is too high for long periods of time it can damage the blood vessels and increase your risk for heart failure, kidney problems, and sexual dysfunction.

Blood pressure is measured as a ratio of two numbers such as /80, which is normal blood pressure. The top number is called the systolic pressure and the bottom number is called the diastolic pressure.

Hypertension is known as a “silent killer” because there are typically no obvious outward signs of the condition and it can increase the risk of stroke, heart attack, and other serious health threats. Although many of the symptoms are not obvious, some of them include:

  • Fatigue and/or confusion
  • Vision problems
  • Chest pain
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Pounding in chest, neck, or ears

How to Get VA Disability Rating?

To be eligible for a VA disability rating for hypertension, the veteran’s blood pressure must have a diastolic measurement of or more or a systolic measurement of or more. If there is a valid diagnosis of hypertension that meets the above criteria, then there needs to be a definitive link between an event, injury, or illness during military service and hypertension.

The VA presumes certain conditions are connected to specific events during military service, this is called “presumptive service connection.” The VA presumes service connection for hypertension if the diagnosis is within one year of release from active duty. If the diagnosis occurs after the one-year mark, then service connection must be proven.

How is Hypertension Rated?

The VA assigns a disability rating based on the severity of the hypertension. The rating depends on the veteran’s blood pressure reading:

RatingBlood Pressure Reading
60%Diastolic pressure is or higher
40%Diastolic pressure is
20%Diastolic pressure is ; or systolic pressure is or higher
10%Diastolic pressure is ; or systolic pressure is

 

The diagnosis of hypertension must be supported by evidence that two or more blood pressure readings were performed on three different days. If the veteran has consecutive sets of blood pressure readings in the same month, the VA gives veterans the “benefit of the doubt” and assigns them the highest rating based on those test results.

Bosley & Bratch have been supporting veterans in getting the benefits they deserve since If you or a loved one served, and suffer from hypertension, we are here to help. Call Bosley & Bratch at () or complete our free veterans benefits case evaluation form.

 

 

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Can I get VA Disability for my Hypertension?

Like many other veterans you may suffer from hypertension, or high blood pressure. And this condition may have been caused by your military service. But it can be hard to show that your time in the military caused your hypertension, when around 50% of all Americans suffer from this condition. Fortunately, hypertension is a condition that benefits from a presumption of being service related. In other words, if you develop hypertension at the 10 percent rating level or higher within one year of your discharge, the VA will conclude that the condition was caused by your military service.

If the onset of your high blood pressure occurs more than a year after your discharge, you will have a harder time getting compensation&#;but it’s not impossible. You will need to present your detailed medical history and service records to show that the conditions of your service caused your increase in blood pressure. And if the VA rejects your claim, we at Jackson & MacNichol can help. For a free consultation with one of our veterans disability lawyers, call us today at 1()

Hypertension Is One of the Most Common Disabilities Among Veterans

One in three veterans may suffer from hypertension, but if you haven’t had a physical recently, you may not be aware that you have it. The symptoms can be subtle, or confused with symptoms from other medical conditions. Left unchecked, your high blood pressure could result in devastating health problems including stroke, heart attack, and organ failure. Some common symptoms of hypertension include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Chest pain
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue or inability to concentrate
  • Shortness of breath
  • Irregular heart beat
  • Pounding in your ears, neck, or chest

According to the VA guidelines, you may receive a disability rating of 10% to 60% for hypertension:

  • 10% rating&#;When your diastolic pressure is to , or your systolic pressure is to
  • 20% rating&#;If your diastolic pressure is to , or your systolic pressure is or higher
  • 40% rating&#;When your diastolic pressure is to
  • 60% rating&#;If your diastolic pressure measures or higher

Diastolic pressure refers to the pressure of your blood against your arteries in between heart beats. For people with normal blood pressure, the reading should be between 80 and Systolic pressure, on the other hand, refers to the pressure of your blood against your arteries during each heartbeat. Normally this number should be below You’ll notice that the VA’s threshold for hypertension starts much higher at

The key to a successful disability claim for hypertension&#;or any other condition&#;is good medical evidence. For this reason, you should bring extensive medical records with you to your compensation and pension examination at the VA regional office. This is especially important with hypertension, because a good diagnosis requires blood pressure measurements over three days at least, measured twice daily. You’ll also want to show the VA the evolution of your blood pressure over a longer period of time, to show that the condition either appeared or got significantly worse during or shortly after your military service.

For many veterans, it is important to know that other service connected conditions such as anxiety or PTSD may cause high blood pressure.  If you have one of these conditions and have been denied benefits for hypertension, you should contact an experienced VA benefits lawyer right away.  Also, there is medical evidence that service in Vietnam with exposure to Agent Orange may cause hypertension.  Once again, if you served in Vietnam and have been denied benefits for hypertension, you should contact an experienced VA benefits lawyer right away

Appeal Your Disability Claim Denial with a Veterans Benefits Lawyer

Many veterans make the mistake of giving up if the VA denies their initial claim for veterans disability compensation. The truth is, many of these claims are denied in error, and even those that were denied because of a lack of evidence can often succeed on appeal&#;especially if you put your case in the hands of an experienced veterans disability claims lawyer. If the VA has denied your hypertension claim, call Jackson & MacNichol at 1() for a free consultation about how we can appeal your case.


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VA Disability for Hypertension

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Hypertension is the most common chronic condition among veterans, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Hypertension, which is commonly known as high blood pressure, affects more than 37% of the veteran population. Hypertension is a known risk factor for stroke, heart attack, dementia, and other medical issues. While it’s a common problem, hypertension is controllable through changes in lifestyle, diet, and possibly blood pressure medication.

Your hypertension must be rated at 10 percent or higher to receive monthly compensation— though a 0 percent rating still qualifies you for health care and other ancillary benefits. … If your diastolic pressure (bottom number) is or higher: 60 percent rating. If your diastolic pressure is to 40 percent rating.

Veterans may have service-connected hypertension due to enduring the high stress of combat or exposure to the Vietnam era defoliant, Agent Orange. Secondary hypertension, or high blood pressure due to an underlying condition, may be caused by several medical conditions and medications, including some that a Veteran may already be receiving VA benefits for or that may be prescribed for a disability.

If you have disabling high blood pressure that may be connected to your military service, you may need South Carolina veterans’ disability attorneys to help you secure the VA disability benefits you deserve. An attorney who is accredited by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs as a disability representative can help you establish a disability rating for hypertension or increase your rating and your monthly benefit.

Don’t deal with the frustrations of the VA claims process by yourself. Contact Joye Law Firm to get help handling your VA hypertension disability claim so you can focus your attention on your health. Phone  or contact us online today for a free case review.

An Overview of Hypertension

High blood pressure refers to an elevated level of the force of blood flow against your artery walls. Blood pressure is determined both by the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow within your arteries. The more blood your heart pumps and the narrower your arteries, the higher your blood pressure.

If your blood pressure is high enough over the long term, it can cause a variety of health problems, including an elevated risk of heart attack and stroke.

High blood pressure usually has no warning signs or symptoms. Many people do not know they have it. But high blood pressure can be easily detected and then controlled with medication.

Blood pressure is a “vital sign,” so your blood pressure will be checked on any visit to a doctor.

A blood pressure reading is given in millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). It has two numbers:

  • Systolic pressure. The first or top number in a blood pressure reading is the pressure in your arteries when your heart beats.
  • Diastolic pressure. The second or bottom number measures the pressure in your arteries between beats.

Normal blood pressure is /80 mmHg or less.

Guidelines released by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association in say a reading of /80 mmHg or above is high blood pressure.

Primary, or essential, hypertension usually develops over many years and has no specific identifiable cause. However, several studies show that continued stress or repeated stressful incidents can lead to hypertension through repeated elevations in blood pressure as well as by stimulation of the nervous system to produce large amounts of vasoconstricting hormones that increase blood pressure. When one risk factor, such as deployment to a combat zone, is coupled with other stress-producing factors, such as an enemy attack, the effect on blood pressure is multiplied.

Secondary hypertension, which is high blood pressure caused by an underlying condition, tends to appear suddenly and cause higher blood pressure than experienced with primary hypertension.

Secondary hypertension can be caused by several conditions and medications, such as:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Kidney disease
  • Adrenal gland tumors
  • Thyroid problems
  • Congenital defects in blood vessels
  • Certain medications, including some prescription drugs, over-the-counter pain relievers cold remedies, decongestants, and birth control pills
  • Illegal stimulants, such as cocaine, and amphetamines.

Potential side effects of untreated hypertension include:

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  • Aneurysm
  • Heart failure
  • Kidney disease
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Vascular dementia

Hypertension as a VA Disability

Hypertensive vascular disease (hypertension and isolated systolic hypertension) is considered a potential VA disability under the Federal Schedule for Rating Disabilities, Code  (Diseases of the Heart).

The VA considers hypertension to be a diastolic blood pressure that is predominantly 90 mmHg or greater, and isolated systolic hypertension to be a systolic blood pressure that is predominantly mmHg or greater with a diastolic blood pressure of less than 90 mmHg. This is a stricter standard than adopted by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (/<90 mmHg vs. /80 mmHg).

The VA also requires that hypertension be confirmed by readings taken two or more times on at least three different days (see 2C on this Hypertension Disability Questionnaire for doctors to complete).

When a Veteran applies for VA disability benefits, the VA assigns a VA Disability Rating to their medical condition. The rating, set by law and expressed as a percentage in percent increments from 0% to %, determines the amount of VA benefits that a Veteran receives for service-connected conditions.

For hypertension and isolated systolic hypertension, the VA assigns disability ratings of:

  • 60% for a diastolic pressure predominantly or more
  • 40% for a diastolic pressure predominantly or more
  • 20% for a diastolic pressure predominantly or more, or systolic pressure predominantly or more
  • 10% for a diastolic pressure predominantly or more, or systolic pressure predominantly or more, or minimum evaluation for an individual with a history of diastolic pressure predominantly or more who requires continuous medication for control of hypertension.

The VA’s basic disability compensation rates are based on the Veteran’s disability rating and the number of dependents. For , the VA pays $ per month for a 10% disability rating and $ for a 20% rating, regardless of dependents. With no dependents, monthly compensation for a 40% rating is $, and for a 60% rating, it is $1,

Establishing a Service Connection for Your Hypertension

To qualify for VA disability benefits for hypertension, you must be able to document that:

  • You have a diagnosis of hypertension based on blood pressure measurements taken by a qualified medical professional two or more times on at least three different days and that meet the VA criteria for hypertension, and
  • Your hypertension is a result of your military service or was made worse by your military service, or
  • Your hypertension was caused by or aggravated beyond its natural progression by a primary service-connected injury. This establishes a secondary service connection.

If you were diagnosed with hypertension within one year of release from active duty, the VA grants a presumptive service connection and will award you benefits according to the extent of your medical condition.

Hypertension has also been scientifically linked to exposure to Agent Orange, the highly toxic Vietnam-era defoliant. There is an ongoing effort to make exposure to Agent Orange a presumptive service connection for hypertension. Military Times said the change could open disability payments to more than , Veterans.

While a ruling in your favor is not yet automatic, if you are a Vietnam Veteran who was exposed to Agent Orange, we can help you add your diagnosis of hypertension to your VA records, and potentially seek a higher VA disability rating because of the diagnosis of hypertension.

Legal concept about Military Service Benefits with inscription on the piece of paper.If you were not exposed to Agent Orange but have been diagnosed with hypertension, you attorney will work to obtain your military medical records and search them for evidence of high blood pressure during service and a trend of higher blood pressure readings in subsequent examinations. These records, together with a current diagnosis and a doctor’s statement, could prove to be enough evidence that the onset of your hypertension dates to your time in service or that it was made worse by your service.

Further, if you have a medical condition caused by hypertension – such as heart disease, kidney disease, metabolic syndrome – the condition may be considered secondary service-connected to service-connected hypertension. It could raise your disability rating and increase your monthly benefits.

Contact Our Lawyers About a VA Disability Hypertension Claim

An experienced VA disability benefits attorney can help you obtain the full VA benefits available as a result of your military service. Our law firm honors the service that veterans gave to our nation. We are committed to helping veterans pursue the full disability benefits available by law. Don’t deal with the time-consuming bureaucratic process of seeking VA disability benefits based on your diagnosis of high blood pressure on your own. An attorney can also help you appeal a previous VA rating decision regarding hypertension or associated secondary disabilities, if necessary.

Call Joye Law Firm now at  or use our online form to schedule a free review of your VA disability claim. We have been serving people with serious injuries and disabilities since , and have offices in Charleston, Summerville, Myrtle Beach, Clinton, and Columbia, SC.

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VA Rating for Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) Explained – The Ultimate Guide

In this post, we will be taking a deep dive into the legal and medical requirements for how to get a VA Rating for Hypertension.

Think of this as the ultimate guide to getting service connected for hypertension (high blood pressure) even if you’ve been denied previously.

In , a veteran’s disability for hypertension can be rated at 10%, 20%, 40%, or 60% depending on the severity of your symptoms.

In general, the more severe your symptoms, the higher the VA rating you’ll receive for high blood pressure.  

So, let’s take a minute to explore the law regarding the symptoms and impairment required to warrant a VA rating for hypertension.

Hypertension is no joke, and is often referred to as a “silent killer” because it is the most common risk factor among veterans with stroke.

High Blood Pressure is a Silent Killer

According to VA medical research, hypertension is one of the most common chronic condition in veterans, affecting more than 37% of the veteran population.

Considerable medical evidence has shown that reducing your blood pressure can contribute to a significant reduction in risk for stroke among veterans.

There are a variety of hypertension secondary disability conditions as well, to include Hypertension secondary to Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), Hypertension secondary to Kidney Disease, Hypertension secondary to Thyroid, and Hypertension secondary to side effects of certain medications.

What is Hypertension in Veterans?

According to the Mayo Clinic, hypertension is a common condition in veterans whereby the long-term force of the high blood pressure against your artery walls can cause a variety of health problems, such as heart disease or stroke.

Generally, blood pressure is determined in two ways: (1) The amount of blood your heart pumps and (2) The amount of resistance to blood flow in your arteries.

The more blood your heart pumps and the narrower your arteries, the higher your blood pressure.

A blood pressure reading is given in millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) and it has two numbers.

These two numbers will affect your final VA disability rating for hypertension:

  • Top Number (Systolic Pressure) &#; The first, or upper, number measures the pressure in your arteries when your heart beats.
  • Bottom Number (Diastolic Pressure) &#; The second, or lower, number measures the pressure in your arteries between beats.
High Blood Pressure in Veterans

Common Symptoms of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) in Veterans

High blood pressure (hypertension) symptoms vary from veteran to veteran.

If you have any of these symptoms, see a doctor immediately!

You could be having a hypertensive crisis that could lead to a heart attack or stroke.

You may also have another serious health condition that requires medical attention.

Symptoms of Severe Hypertension in Veterans

Symptoms of High Blood Pressure in Veterans

If your blood pressure is extremely high, there may be certain symptoms to look out for, including:

  • Severe headaches
  • Nosebleed
  • Fatigue or confusion
  • Vision problems
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Blood in the urine
  • Pounding in your chest, neck, or ears

Other Possible Symptoms of Hypertension in Veterans

  • Dizziness
  • Nervousness
  • Sweating
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Facial flushing
  • Blood spots in eyes

Is Hypertension a VA Disability?

Yes, hypertension is a VA disability and can be rated at 10%, 20%, 40%, or 60% depending upon the frequency, severity, and duration of your symptoms.

Hypertension or “High Blood Pressure” is rated under CFR 38, Part 4, VA Schedule of Ratings, Diseases of the Arteries and Veins, Diagnostic Code

VA Rating for Hypertension: Basic Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible for a VA rating for hypertension, a veteran must meet three (3) criteria by law:

  • #1. Medical diagnosis of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) in a medical record (Service Treatment Records, VA medical records, or private medical records)
  • #2. Your Hypertension was caused or made worse by your active-duty military service (“Nexus” for service connection) OR by another service-connected disability for secondary service connection
  • #3. Persistent and recurring symptoms of Hypertension (“Severity of Symptoms”)

If you think you have hypertension, but don’t have a medical diagnosis, pick-up the phone and call the VA mental health facility nearest you to make an appointment right away!

If you’re trying to increase your VA rating for hypertension, you need to prove to the VA that your symptoms are now worse and warrant a higher rating by law.

The #1 best way to increase your VA rating for high blood pressure is to have medical evidence showing the worsening of your symptoms over time.

Can I Get a VA Rating for Hypertension (High Blood Presure)?

VA Rating for High Blood Pressure

Yes, you can get a VA rating for high blood pressure, more commonly known as &#;hypertension&#; in the medical community.

According to CFR 38 Part 4 the Schedule for Rating Disabilities, veterans may receive a VA disability rating for hypertension between 10% and 60%, with breaks at 20% and 40%, depending upon the severity of symptoms:

  • 10% VA rating for hypertension: If your diastolic pressure is to , or your systolic pressure is to
  • 20% rating for hypertension: If your diastolic pressure is to , or your systolic pressure is or higher.
  • 40% VA disability rating for hypertension: If your diastolic pressure is to
  • 60% VA rating for hypertension is warranted if your diastolic pressure measures or higher.

Detailed VA Disability Rating Criteria for Hypertension

DC , VA Rating for Hypertension:VA Rating (%)
Diastolic pressure predominantly or more60%
Diastolic pressure predominantly or more40%
Diastolic pressure predominantly or more, or; systolic pressure predominantly or more20%
Diastolic pressure predominantly or more, or; systolic pressure predominantly or more, or; minimum evaluation for an individual with a history of diastolic pressure predominantly or more who requires continuous medication for control10%
Note (1): Hypertension or isolated systolic hypertension must be confirmed by readings taken two or more times on at least three different days. For purposes of this section, the term hypertension means that the diastolic blood pressure is predominantly 90mm. or greater, and isolated systolic hypertension means that the systolic blood pressure is predominantly mm. or greater with a diastolic blood pressure of less than 90mm.
Note (2): Evaluate hypertension due to aortic insufficiency or hyperthyroidism, which is usually the isolated systolic type, as part of the condition causing it rather than by a separate evaluation.
Note (3): Evaluate hypertension separately from hypertensive heart disease and other types of heart disease.

Hypertension Secondary to Sleep Apnea

Hypertension Secondary to PTSD

By law, service connection may be established on a secondary basis for a disability which is proximately due to or the result of service-connected disease or injury. See 38 CFR § (a).  

Establishing service connection on a secondary basis requires evidence sufficient to show (1) Medical diagnosis of Hypertension and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (2) that the Hypertension was either (a) proximately caused by or (b) proximately aggravated by a service-connected disability. Allen v. Brown, 7 Vet. App. , ().

When there is an approximate balance of positive and negative evidence (50/50) regarding any issue material to the determination of a matter, the Secretary shall give the benefit of the doubt to the claimant.  38 USCA § ; 38 CFR § ; see also Gilbert v. Derwinski, 1 Vet. App. 49, 53 ().

To service connect Hypertension secondary to Sleep Apnea, you’ll need to get a Medical Nexus Letter to support the connection between Hypertension and Sleep Apnea.

The American Heart Association (AHA) has said that as many as 50% of all patients with sleep apnea may have underlying hypertension, and many patients with hypertension, particularly resistant hypertension, may also have OSA.

According to medical research, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a recognized cause of hypertension (high blood pressure).

Apneic episodes (when you stop breathing) from Sleep Apnea produce surges in systolic and diastolic pressure that keep mean blood pressure levels elevated at night.

In addition, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine recently released new guidelines that describe Obstructive Sleep Apnea as a “relatively fixed” cardiovascular disease risk factor in patients with hypertension.

It lists Obstructive Sleep Apnea as a CAUSE of secondary hypertension, with resistant hypertension being one of the clinical indications.

Here’s a recent BVA case decision where a veteran got service connected for Hypertension secondary to Sleep Apnea.

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Brian Reese

Brian Reese

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Brian Reese is VA benefits expert, author of the #1 Amazon Bestseller You Deserve It: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Veteran Benefits You&#;ve Earned, and founder of VA Claims Insider – “The Most Trusted Name in Education-Based Resources for Veterans.”

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Sleep Apnea and Hypertension VA Disability Claims

Hypertension Claims

Hypertension, commonly referred to as high blood pressure, affects millions of former servicemembers. While not necessarily dangerous in and of itself, hypertension can increase a person’s risk for developing cardiovascular conditions such as heart attacks and strokes as well as reduce their ability to participate in certain activities or job duties.

Veterans who suffer from this condition may be able to make a connection between their hypertension diagnosis and their active duty service. However, hypertension claims can be difficult to prove, and many of them result in denials. A well-practiced and dedicated lawyer from VetLaw’s legal team can help you assert your entitlement to service connection and challenge any unfavorable decisions from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Obtaining a Diagnosis

Hypertension is any chronic increase in a person’s blood pressure. An average resting blood pressure is over 80, and any persistent increase in these numbers would be considered hypertension. According to VA, hypertension can serve as the basis for a disability compensation claim. 38 Code of Federal Regulations § provides a list of many different disability ratings, some of which are based on consistent blood pressure spikes.

Any veteran who requires medication to control their service-connected blood pressure may obtain at least a ten percent disability rating, while a diastolic pressure reading of at least may warrant a 60 percent disability rating. A VA-accredited attorney can help former servicemembers whose hypertension claims have been denied accumulate more substantial evidence in support of their applications.

Pursuing Compensation for Service-Related Hypertension

While receiving a diagnosis of hypertension is an important part of pursuing a successful claim, veterans must also be able to make a connection between their high blood pressure and their time spent on active duty. VA maintains a list of presumptive service-connected conditions, which includes hypertension. If a veteran receives a diagnosis of this condition while on active duty or within one year of discharge, they may automatically qualify for disability benefits. There is also talk of adding hypertension to the presumptive list for veterans exposed to Agent Orange; unfortunately, this proposal has been met with stiff resistance.

Otherwise, it would be necessary to sift through service records and identify a specific incident that may have caused the blood pressure problems. Relevant medical records can also establish when a high blood pressure issue may have begun. One of VetLaw’s qualified legal representatives can help former servicemembers gather evidence to prove their entitlement to service connection in an effective and thoroughly prepared appeal in the event of a denial.

Consult with an Attorney before Filing Hypertension Claims or Appeals

Hypertension is a common health problem that affects millions of U.S. veterans. If you are able to make a connection between your time in uniform and your high blood pressure diagnosis, you may be eligible for VA disability compensation benefits.

In many cases, this condition may qualify an applicant for a disability rating of at least ten percent. A diligent and knowledgeable attorney from our firm can explain how high blood pressure may make you eligible for benefits and help you collect the evidence needed to support your hypertension claim or appeal. Reach out to VetLaw today to schedule an appointment with a professional.

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