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Compensation Denied.
Mike Margherio tried this case before Chief Administrative Law Judge Jack Knowlan, Jr. at the Division of Workers' Compensation in Rolla, Missouri with the ruling being handed down on May 4, 2004. Claimant alleged that he suffered a heart attack due to the physical exertion and stress associated with his duties as a truck driver. Two medical experts testified on behalf of the claimant that he in fact suffered a heart attack and that his work duties were a substantial factor in bringing it on. Employer's expert testified that plaintiff actually suffered an episode of acute angina an that the origin was an extensive history of heart problems coupled with high risk factors for heart attack. The ALJ found that the claimant's job activities or stress were not a substantial factor in bringing about the claimant's heart episode and also found that it was not clearly shown to be a heart attack. Compensation was denied.