Listing of Impairments – Social Security Benefits for Valvular Heart Disease | Sarasota Social Security Disability Attorney

You are entitled to Social Security disability benefits for valvular heart disease will depend, in great measure on the severity of your heart disease, the operative procedures you’ve undergone, and the results that you have from your surgery.

There is an awesome article with diagrams and I have found that explains blood through your heart. There are four valves that control the blood flow through the four chambers of the heart. Heart disease can affect your heart valves two ways. You can have stenosis which is a narrowing of the valve. You can think of it like drainpipes that have a build up on the inside of the pipe. The second way in heart disease can affect your valves is regurgitation. That is the failure of a one way balance so that the blood flows back in the wrong direction. The article and diagram can be found here.

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Blood comes into the heart through two large veins; one from the upper part of the body and one from the lower part. The first chamber it enters in the right side of the heart is the right atrium.
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Then it crosses the tricuspid valve (the valve between the right atrium and right ventricle) and flows into the right ventricle. Right and left are reversed in these pictures because we are looking at the front of the heart.
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The right ventricle contracts and pressure increases to the point where the pulmonic valve opens.
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From the right ventricle, the blood is pumped into the lungs via the pulmonary arteries. These are the only arteries in the body that carry deoxygenated blood.
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The pulmonary arteries continue to branch and become smaller in diameter as they infiltrate the lung tissue, eventually forming a capillary network around an alveolus.
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The alveolus is an air sac that communicates with the outside to allow carbon dioxide to be removed from the blood and oxygen to enter across a thin tissue membrane.
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Once oxygenated blood has returned to the left side of the heart from the lungs, the left ventricle contracts and pumps the oxygen-rich blood to peripheral organs.
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Inside an organ, the blood vessel has a different structure and is called an arteriole. The arterioles infiltrate most organs, eventually forming a capillary network

The Social Security Administration evaluates valvular heart disease or other stenotic defects, including valvular regurgitation, under Listing of Impairments 4.07. You must have documented appropriate imaging techniques or cardiac catheterization.

If you don’t meet the listing, it is important to develop your exertional and non- exertional limitations. Medications can effect the severity of valvular heart disease and you may have significant limitations due to your symptoms. Make sure you have documented those problems so you can be successful in your claim for Social Security disability benefits based on valvular heart disease.

Nancy Cavey, a Tampa Bay Social Security disability lawyer, will make sure that your physician completes a cardiac functional residual capacity form in support of your Social Security claim. She can be contacted by clicking here or at 727.894.3188.

Listing of Impairments – Exercise Testing and Cardiac Claims | Tampa Social Security Disability Lawyer

The Social Security Disability administration will evaluate your Social Security benefit claim for cardiac disease by looking for objective testing to establish the limitations of activity of daily living because of your symptoms.

Your doctor will attempt to quantify your limitations by using exercise testing which generally involves the use of a motor driven treadmill at different grades and speeds. These tests attempt to relate the exercise to the energy you expand. This excess energy is expressed as a “MET” which means multiples of resting metabolic energy. It is the amount of energy you use for any given activity.

There are Functional Classifications with four different classes of impairment based on your symptoms and activity level. It is important that the Social Security Administration see any exercise testing that has been done to help determine your functional capacity.

This testing will determine whether or not you meet a Social Security Disability cardiac listing or whether you need to meet the vocational criteria were awarded Social Security disability benefits. For help with your case and claim contact experienced Social Security Disability Lawyers Cavey & Barrett.

Listing of Impairments – Social Security Benefits and High Cholesterol | Tampa Social Security Disability Attorney

Have you been diagnosed with high cholesterol? You can’t file a claim for social security benefits and high cholesterol per sé. It is what cholesterol does to your heart that might lead to a claim for social security benefits.

Cholesterol builds up along the walls of the arteries. It is a fatty substance known as a lipid which is produced in the liver that helps with the digestion of fat. It also attaches to proteins to form something called a lipoprotein. Lipoproteins are carried through the bloodstream and stick to the walls of your arteries.

There are two kinds of lipoproteins. BAD cholesterol is known as low density lipoprotein’s or LDLs. What makes them bad? LDL forms deposits on the artery walls. It is a waxy fat like substance and can cause a form of coronary artery disease known as arteriosclerosis. If you have arteriosclerosis you can develop a complete blockage of your arteries which will cause a greater risk of heart attack or stroke. It can also reduce blood supply to your legs making it difficult to walk. Smoking makes the whole situation even worse!

High cholesterol is diagnosed when your cholesterol level isf 240 mg/dL or higher.

There is a great article which explains why cholesterol is important, what cholesterol numbers mean, what affects cholesterol levels, what your risk is of developing heart disease or having a heart attack, treating your high cholesterol and how you can lower your cholesterol with lifestyle changes. You can view it here.

Social Security Disability claims are made because of heart attacks or strokes that occur because of uncontrolled high blood pressure or a combination of other diseases such as diabetes. For help with your claim and case contact experienced Social Security Disability Lawyers Cavey & Barrett.

Listing of Impairments – Social Security Benefits for High Blood Pressure | Clearwater Social Security Disability Lawyer

High blood pressure can be the basis of a claim for Social Security disability benefits.

High blood pressure is called the “silent” killer because it may not cause symptoms. It is, in fact, a very dangerous condition that can lead to coronary artery disease, heart failure, stroke, and even kidney failure. You may suffer from high blood pressure for years without knowing it. High blood pressure can, over time, damage your heart, blood vessels, and kidneys.

According to an article by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, found here, one in three adults in the United States has high blood pressure.

Most people are unaware that they have high blood pressure. Knowing your blood pressure is important, even if you feel great.

Blood pressure numbers include systolic blood pressure, which is the pressure while pumping blood, and diastolic pressure, which is the pressure when the heart is at rest between beats.

Blood pressure numbers are written with a systolic number above with the diastolic below, such as 120/80. There is a great chart at the website that shows to categories for blood pressure levels in adults.

If your blood pressure is above 120/80 you have a risk for health problems. Pre-hypertensive is considered between 120 to 139 systolic pressure or 80 to 89 diastolic pressure. High blood pressure, stage one, is 140 to 159 systolic and 90 to 99 diastolic. Stage 2 is systolic of 160 or higher or diastolic of 100 or higher.

What is your blood pressure reading? If you are diagnosed with high blood pressure, and you will need treatment immediately. The sooner you get treatment, the less likely you are to have a heart attack, stroke or kidney failure.

If your high blood pressure has caused cardiac problems, the Social Security administration will use listing 4.03 Hypertensive Cardiovascular Disease. If your high blood pressure has caused other damage, the Social Security Administration will evaluate you under the criteria for the affected body system, including impairment of your visual system problem, impairment of your kidney function, or a central nervous system vascular accident, otherwise known as a stroke. If you suffer from these difficulties and are going to file for disability benefits you should cotnact an experienced Scoial Security Disability Lawyer such as Nancy Cavey.

Listing of Impairments – Social Security Benefits for Arrhythmia | Clearwater Social Security Disability Attorney

Is your Social Security disability claim based on cardiac arrhythmia?

Cardiac Arrhythmia is a general term for abnormal electrical activity of your heart.

The resting heart beat range for adults is 60 to 100 beats per minute. Any heart rate faster than 100 beats per minute is called tachycardia. This can result in palpitations. A heart rate of less than 60 beats per minute is called sinus bradycardia. If your heart has its own irregular rhythm, that is called atrial and ventricular fibrillation.

Arrhythmias result in an abnormal rate of muscle contraction in the heart. Some arrhythmias are life-threatening while others are very minor. The most common symptom of arrhythmia is an “abnormal awareness of heartbeat”.

Your doctor will diagnosis cardiac arrhythmia by feeling for your peripheral pulses or listening to your heart beat with a stethoscope. The easiest diagnostic test is an electrocardiogram (EKG). A halter monitor is placed on you for 24 hours to detect any arrhythmias that may happen throughout the day.

Treatment can include anti-arrhythmic drugs, synchronized electric shocking of the heart, defibrillation, or even electrocautery surgery.

Section 4.05 of the Listings of Impairments deals with recurrent arrhythmias which are not related to reversible causes. You must have uncontrolled repeated episodes of cardiac syncope or near syncope despite prescribed treatment which is documented by a resting or Holter EKG which documents the occurrence of syncope or near syncope.

If you don’t meet a listing, you must establish that you cannot return to the lightest job you held for 15 years before you became disabled and that there are medical vocational factors that prevent you from being employed.

There is a Cardiac Residual Functional form that we use in all cardiological cases. We have your physician complete this form to document the extent of your disease, your progress, the results of your treatment, the physical and psychological restrictions or problems you have, and the side effects of the medication you are taking to treat your cardiac condition. The Social Security administration will never tell you about this form but it is crucial that your physician complete the same.

Having a knowledgeable Social Security Attorney, like Nancy Cavey, who works with your cardiologist is key.

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