Listing of Impairments – Social Security Benefits and Cor Pulmonale | Hudson Social Security Disability Attorney

Cor pulmonale is a failure of the right side of the heart cause by prolonged high blood pressure. Chronic lung diseases cause prolonged low blood oxygen that cause this condition as does cystic fibrosis.

The Social Security administration requires that cor pulmonale secondary to chronic pulmonary vascular hypertension. The symptoms include shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, swelling of the feet or ankles, and chest discomfort.

This condition is diagnosed by echo-cardiogram, chest x-ray, CAT scan of the chest, pulmonary function tests, Swan-Ganz catheterization, V/Q scan, measurement of blood oxygen by arterial blood gas (ABG), or blood antibody tests.

It is difficult to meet a listing as you must have clinical evidence of signs and laboratory findings of right ventricular overload or failure. The Social Security Administration will not help you develop this evidence by purchasing any diagnostic studies.

For this condition to be severe enough to meet the Social Security administration’s Listing 3.09, the claimant must have a clinical evidence, as outlined above with:

  1. Mean pulmonary artery pressure greater than 40 mm Hg; OR
  2. Arterial hypoxemia evaluated under criteria 3.02 C2; OR
  3. meeting the criteria and listing 4.02 Chronic Heart Failure

If you don’t meet a listing, you must develop medical and vocational evidence that establishes you cannot return to your past relevant work and are unemployable in the national labor market.

Treatment of this condition includes the use of calcium channel blockers which have significant side effects. Other treatment includes supplemental oxygen which limits your mobility. Severe fluid retention and a medication used to treat the retention may require you to go to the bathroom a lot. Shortness of breath, side effects of medication, and needing to use the bathroom frequently, all impact your employability and are significant factors that you need to present in support of your Social Security disability claim.

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Consider consulting with Social Security lawyer Nancy Cavey or Sharon Barrett if you have any questions. They can be contacted by clicking here or by calling 727.894.3188.

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