If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from heart problems, your everyday work and activities may be impaired. Knowing more about heart problems and how to manage symptoms is important to your health and can help improve your quality of life. If you have a severe heart problem, you may be qualified to receive Social Security disability benefits.
Here are seven things you need to know about heart disease:
#1: Heart Disease is Not Uncommon
Heart disease is very common in America; you may be one of the millions who are diagnosed every year. According to The American Heart Association, in 2017 about 92.1 million American adults are living with high blood pressure, the after-effects of stroke, heart attack, or other adverse cardiovascular conditions.
#2: Recognize the Symptoms of Heart Disease
Different heart conditions can require different treatments, but they can share similar warning signs. It is vital that you see your doctor so that you can receive prompt treatment if you experience symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath, irregular or faster heartbeats, weakness or dizziness, nausea, or sweating.
#3: Know the Roots of Your Family Tree
If your relatives have a history of heart problems, you have a much greater risk of developing these problems yourself. Make sure to talk with your family members about their medical history and address this information with your physician.
#4: Be Proactive: Prevent Heart Problems Before They Start
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is key to avoiding most types of cardiovascular disease and heart problems. Breaking bad habits such as smoking or eating unhealthy foods will help to keep your lungs and arteries clean. Be sure to exercise multiple times a week: regular walking, a short jog or bike ride can keep your heart and lungs healthy.
#5: You Don’t Have to Go It Alone
Reach out to the people around you for support or advice. You can get help from dietitians, doctors, and support groups, as well as family members and friends. Depression sometimes comes along with heart diseases, so keep close contact with people and be sure to tell your doctor if you experience major changes in your mood.
#6: You Could Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits
The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes heart disease as a disability if applicants have experienced chronic heart failure, cardiomegaly or ventricular dysfunction. Your heart disease must prevent you from performing any “substantial, gainful activity” as defined by the SSA in order to gain benefits. Click here to read the full SSA disability evaluation for the cardiovascular system.
#7: Keep Precise Records of your Medical Examinations
Medical documentation is key to winning your Social Security disability case. The SSA will want to see evidence of physical examinations, laboratory results, and prescribed treatments and medications with details of their effects, so make sure to keep all records of these examinations and your treatment. The medical documentation of your heart disease must also be longitudinal and cover a period of at least three months.
If you or someone you know has a severe heart disease that impairs everyday activities, we can help you get the benefits you need. Fill out the contact form below for a free case evaluation.