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.

Step 1
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.
Step 2
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.
Step 3
The right ventricle contracts and pressure increases to the point where the pulmonic valve opens.
Step 4
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.
Step 5
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.
Step 6
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.
Step 7
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.
Step 8
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.

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