How Heart Disease Can Lead To A Disability

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Heart disease is caused by buildup of fat inside the arteries, which narrows and/or hardens the arteries to the point that blood cannot flow properly. In addition to an improper blood flow, patients with heart disease also suffer from a lack of oxygen to their heart. If you are experiencing shortness of breath or severe chest pain it is a good idea to have your heart checked. When left unchecked heart disease can lead to a heart attack or stroke, leaving you severely disabled. If you have already suffered a heart attack or stroke and become disabled, it is probably time to look at your options for disability.

Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), is paid out to disabled workers who prove they have a disabling condition and who have earned enough work credits to qualify for benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) oversees the program and relies upon a blue book of condition to determine whether a person has a disability. If your condition is not specifically listed in the blue book you may still qualify, for heart disease, by showing:

• Angina pectoris: this is discomfort in the chest, caused by too much activity or high emotions. Typical treatment includes nitroglycerin tablets.
• Atypical angina: this is discomfort not in your chest but in your arm, jaw, neck, back, or abdomen.
• Variant angina: these are shown on an ECG as spasms of your coronary artery, followed by rest periods.

These symptoms, along with others you may be experiencing and that are unique to you, amount to myocardial ischemia, which is listed in the blue book as a disabling heart condition. You will want to go over the requirements carefully with your heart doctor, because the SSA also requires proof of the condition be shown through a stress test or other medical proof. It is also important to receive treatment, consistently and for at least 3 months, to prove your heart condition is what has caused your disability. Remember, as with any disability one of the key factors is to show that your condition is so significant that you are limited in what you can do daily. If you suffer from a condition but are still able to work, the SSA will not find that you are disabled enough to grant benefits.

If you have questions about social security benefits, contact our office for help. You can reach us online today for more information or by phone at 855-727-6353.