Heart problems and Social Security disabilityHeart Problems and Social Security Disability Benefits

Heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease, describes a large spectrum of disorders that affect the heart muscle and/or blood vessels. Problems with the heart and blood vessels are the primary cause of death in men and women worldwide. Coronary artery disease (or atherosclerosis) results when plaque builds up in the arteries, a condition that can lead to heart attack, heart failure, high blood pressure, angina, and stroke. Congenital heart disease, heart valve diseases, heart infection and cardiomyopathy are examples of heart problems unrelated to arterial build-up.

Heart attacks and strokes can cause serious physical limitations and are one of the most common causes of disability today. Damage to the heart or blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients throughout the body can cause any number of debilitating symptoms, including:

  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Blood clots
  • Upper body pain
  • Sweating
  • Heart palpitations/rapid heart rate
  • Shortness of breath
  • Anxiety
  • Lightheadedness/fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle weakness
  • Arrhythmia

Heart and blood vessel problems result from damage done to the cardiovascular system, either through congenital defects or lifestyle and environmental factors. Pressure build-up in the arteries due to the presence of plaque restricts the blood flow to bodily organs and tissues. Plaque build-up (atherosclerosis) is the primary reason cardiovascular disease develops. It occurs due to risk factors like unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, unhealthy BMI (Body Mass Index), and smoking. Heart problems may also be genetic.

Heart Problem Treatments

There are a variety of treatments for hear problems, based on the patient’s individual needs. Blood pressure and other medications may be recommended. For those with serious issues, bypass or heart valve surgery may be an option. Lifestyle changes and healthy choices can improve the condition of the heart and arteries as well. Exercise and a healthy diet have been known to work wonders for healing heart problems. Additional therapies include radiation treatment to clear blocked arteries, insertion of a pacemaker, heart transplant, and cardioversion (electroshock therapy)

For additional information on cardiovascular disease, please visit the American Heart Association or WebMD’s Heart Health Center. If a heart problem is keeping you from working, the experienced attorneys at The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers can guide you through the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) process to help you win approval for benefits. For a free case review, please contact our SSDI lawyers today.

The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers handles claims for clients throughout the United States of America. Please contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers today to schedule a free consultation. Our Social Security disability lawyers want to help you.

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