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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