Heart Disease and Your Rights to Social Security Disability Benefits

Did you know that heart disease is one of the most commonly diagnosed medical conditions in the United States. According to Medline Plus, researchers have discovered at least 13 genetic markers believed to be connected to heart disease. These genes contribute to the plaque build up in your hearts vessels, which can lead you to have a heart attack.

The diagnosis of these genetic markers can help your physician identify whether you are at high risk of having a heart attack, early intervention is key.

If you have been diagnosed with a heart condition that prevents you from working, you may entitled to Social Security Disability benefits.

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Social Security Disability Benefits and Heart Attacks | Tampa Bay Social Security Disability Attorney

No. 50 – I’ve had a heart attack. Am I eligible for Social Security Disability benefits?

A heart attack occurs when there’s an interruption in the blood supply to some part of your heart. You may have symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, weakness, angina pressure or complication, nausea, and vomiting.

Cardiac therapy can include oxygen, pain relievers, blood thinners, or even surgery.

Individuals who have heart attacks may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. If your heart condition satisfies the requirements of the conditions listed in the cardiovascular section of the impairment-listing manual, you will be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits. Alternatively, you may qualify for disability benefits if your resulting condition causes you to be unable to engage in the lightest work you have done in the last 15 years or are unable to engage in other forms of work.

Your eligibility for Social Security Disability benefits does not depend upon what your doctor has diagnosed or the number of heart attacks that you have had. The Social Security Administration will evaluate your Residual Functional Capacity for your ability to work.

The Social Security Administration will also determine your functional capacity as it exists three months after the occurrence of the heart attack because they want to see whether or not your ability to work has improved or changed in any fashion. As a result, it may take longer for the Social Security Administration to evaluate your claim for benefits.

If you have any questions regarding your entitlement to Social Security Disability benefits as a result of a heart attack or any delay in your Social Security Disability claim process, contact Cavey & Barrett, the Pinellas and Hillsborough County Social Security Disability attorneys.

What Cardiac Testing is Right For You? | Clearwater Bay Social Security Disability Attorney

Many Floridians only find out they have heart blockage when they are rushed to the hospital with chest pain, shortness of breath, or arm/jaw pain. What kind of testing will you have? A 64 sliced or CT angiography that produces Star Wars quality 3-D images of your heart and blood vessels or the gold standard angiogram? Your cardiac condition could be the basis of a claim for Social Security Disability benefits.

In the New York Times on December 2, 2008, I read an article  by Roni Caryn Rabin entitled  “Cardiologists Debate Expensive Heart Scans”. You can learn about the differences in these tests and the “rancorous debate” among cardiologists about which test to use when and what is the better test.

One doctor suggested that the CT angiography “could be a good screening test for patients not known to have heart disease who develop sudden chest pain.”

Another doctor pointed out that the real question is whether CT scans “improve patient outcomes.” If you are suspected of having heart disease it was suggested that the angiography is more appropriate. If you have never had symptoms, the CT scan is for you.

Nancy Cavey, a Pinellas County based Social Security Disability attorney suggests you look at this article and consult with your doctor about which test is appropriate for you. Please contact Cavey and Barrett for your free Social Security disability claims consultation. and book on “Your Rights to Social Security Disability.”

Cardiac Pulmonary Disease and Social Security Disability Claims | Tampa Bay Social Security Disability Attorney

Do you know you can claim Social Security Disability Benefits for Cardiac Obstructive Pulmonary Disease?

Cardiac Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) can cause you to have shortness of breath with a simple activity like walking from room to room, walking to your car, grocery shopping, or attending church.

The Social Security Administration has very stringent definitions of disability for these types of claims.

Your doctor’s medical records will be crucial in documenting your disability. It is very important that you keep a list of your symptoms and make sure that those symptoms are part of your doctor’s records. The Social Security Administration also want to see that you are getting regular medical treatment.

I suggest that you keep a log of physical activities that cause you to have shortness of breath, how long that shortness of breath lasts, what side effects of any medication you’re having, and how you’re limiting your physical activity because of your shortness of breath. Make sure that is part of your medical records, and that you outline these difficulties in your Social Security Disability Application.

Qualified applicants are often denied Social Security disability benefits because they have not provided the Social Security administration with the necessary evidence to win their claim. You can increase your chances of winning Social Security disability benefits by contacting a Social Security disability lawyer who has experience in handling cardiac obstructive pulmonary disease Social Security disability claims. Your lawyer can help you gather the necessary medical records from your physician and have your physician complete a Residual Functional Capacity form documenting your physical difficulties. Your doctor will need your log to actually complete the residual functional capacity form.

Before you apply for disability benefits or if you’ve been denied Social Security Disability benefits for COPD, contact a lawyer, such as Sharon Barrett, who has extensive COPD disability experience.

Listing of Impairments – Chronic Active Hepatitis | Pasco County Social Security Disability Attorney

According to an article from Wikedpedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hepatitis hepatitis is an injury to the liver characterized by presence inflammatory cells in the liver which can progress to scarring of the liver. It is acute when it lasts less than 6 months and chronic when it persists longer. A group of viruses known as the hepatitis viruses cause most cases of liver damage. Hepatitis can also be due to toxins (notably alcohol), other infections or from autoimmue process. You can become symtomatic when the disease impairs liver functions that include, among other things, screening of harmful substances, regulation of blood composition, and production of bile to help digestion.

The Social Security Administration requires that you meet very stringent medical requirements to meet a Listing 5.05. More often than not, we will ask your physician to complete a Residual Functional Capacity form Chronic Active Hepatitis that will document your physical findings. Explain your diagnostic studies including the results of your liver biopsy and the results of your blood-work.

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Just as important are your physical capabilities and the problems that you have functioning every day. These can include fatigue, fuzziness, and  problems concentrating at the side effects of your medication. You can win a claim for Social Security disability benefits for chronic active hepatitis with the help of your treating physician and documentation of the problems you have functioning.

Contact Florida social security disability attorneys, Cavey and Barrett, for more information about a social security disability application for chronic active hepatitis.

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