METS. Another exercise electrocardiogram was done on January 5, 1984. The diagnostic results were limited since the plaintiff fatigued early, but the impression of the cardiologist was that the plaintiff could "comfortably perform at a workload of 6 to 7 METS." A report by Dr. Duca following plaintiff's catheterization in November 1982 revealed that the cardiologist had some doubts whether plaintiff's pains were anginal. Dr. Duca's examination showed that the grafts done in 1981 were still functioning well, except for one. The bypassed vessel that was occluded was "not a highly critically obstructed lesion." A Thallium Stress Test done on January 30, 1986 revealed no abnormalities to suggest the presence of ischemia. The radiologist noted, though, that the plaintiff's exercise level was suboptimal since the heart did not reach 85 % of the predicted maximum heart rate. In addition, an echocardiograph done in January 1986 showed only borderline left ventricular hypertrophy.
The ALJ's finding that the plaintiff's non-exertional impairment did not limit his ability to perform substantial gainful activity is also supported by substantial evidence. Although there is conflicting evidence on this issue, it is within the ALJ's discretion to weigh the medical assessments and to resolve the conflict accordingly. Richardson v. Perales, supra, 402 U.S. at 399. The ALJ seems to give more weight to the medical findings of Dr. Rose of the Therapeutic Intervention Center than those of Dr. Barbanti. The ALJ does not reject Dr. Barbanti's conclusions, but finds instead that given the plaintiff's lack of credibility, and unwillingness to seek psychiatric treatment, the ALJ will give more weight to Dr. Rose's findings. In his decision the ALJ also points to the fact that all of the doctors suggest that the plaintiff could improve his mental condition. The ALJ has adequately explained in the record his reasons for rejecting or discrediting probative evidence as is required by the courts in this jurisdiction. Cotter v. Harris, supra, 642 F.2d at 705. See also, Benton for Benton v. Bowen, 820 F.2d 85, 88 (3d Cir. 1987).
The ALJ found by relying on the evidence and testimony he deemed credible that the plaintiff's exertional and nonexertional impairments, while possibly severe, were not disabling. Since the impairments were not listed in Appendix 1 of Subpart P of Regulation No. 4, the ALJ turned to a consideration of existing vocational factors, i.e. plaintiff's age, education and work experience to determine whether his impairments were disabling. By applying the Vocational-Medical guidelines ["grids"] set forth in Appendix 2 of Subpart P of Regulation No. 4, the ALJ can determine if, given plaintiff's exertional impairments, he has the residual capacity to do gainful work. The ALJ in this case determined that plaintiff was "not disabled" according to the grids and could do sedentary work. See 20 C.F.R. Rule 201.19, Table No. 1, App. 2, Subpart P, Regulation No. 4.
Since non-exertional impairments also existed, a vocational expert was used to evaluate the plaintiff's residual capacity to do light or sedentary work, considering both plaintiff's exertional and non-exertional impairments. At the hearing, the ALJ submitted a hypothetical question to the vocational expert setting forth the plaintiff's limitations as established by Drs. Rose and Panico in their medical findings. Based on that hypothetical question, the vocational expert testified that the plaintiff had the residual functional capacity to engage in security jobs, and that those jobs existed in significant numbers in the national economy. See 20 C.F.R. § 404.1566.
The ALJ relied on the testimony of the vocational expert and the medical evidence in the record to support his conclusion that the plaintiff retained the residual capacity to perform gainful work. The fact that a different conclusion could have been reached based on the evidence in the record does not undermine the ALJ's decision, as long as there is substantial support for that decision in the record. Blalock v. Richardson, 483 F.2d 773, 775 (4th Cir. 1972); see also Hawkins for Reilly v. Heckler, 631 F. Supp. 711, 716 (D.N.J. 1985).
For the foregoing reasons, this court finds that the decision of the ALJ is supported by substantial evidence and the decision that the plaintiff is "not disabled" is hereby affirmed.
This matter having come before the court on appeal of plaintiff pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 405(g) and the court having considered the record below and the submissions of both parties and for good cause shown;
It is on this 27th day of January 1988,
ORDERED that the decision of the Secretary be and hereby is affirmed.
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