August 8, 2011

Heart Problems and Indiana Social Security Disability Benefits

Are you an Indiana disability claimant unable to work due to heart problems?  Indianapolis Social Security disability lawyer Scott D. Lewis represents those individuals with disabling conditions such as heart disease in their disability benefits claim.  Indianapolis disability claimants who suffer from heart conditions may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits if he/she meets the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) Listing of Impairments.  In Listing 4.00 Cardiovascular System, the SSA outlines the requirements in order for an individual suffering from a heart condition to qualify for SSDI or SSI benefits.

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Heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease, describes a large spectrum of disorders that affect the heart muscle and/or blood vessels. The primary cause of death, in men and women worldwide, is problems with the heart and blood vessels. Coronary artery disease (or atherosclerosis) is the result of plaque building up in the arteries.  This condition can lead to a heart attack, heart failure, high blood pressure, angina, and/or stroke. Congenital heart disease, heart infection, heart valve disease, and cardiomyopathy are examples of heart problems not related to arterial build-up.

Strokes and heart attacks can cause serious physical limitations and are one of the most common causes of disability today. Damage to the heart or blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients throughout the body can cause any number of debilitating symptoms, including:

  • Arrhythmia
  • Chest Pain and Pressure
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Stomach Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Lightheadedness/Fainting
  • Dizziness
  • Anxiety
  • Blood Clots
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Upper Body Pain
  • Sweating
  • Heart Palpitations/Rapid Heart Rate

Heart and blood vessel problems result from damage done to the cardiovascular system, either through congenital defects or lifestyle and environmental factors. Pressure build-up in the arteries due to the presence of plaque restricts the blood flow to bodily organs and tissues. Plaque build-up (atherosclerosis) is the primary reason cardiovascular disease develops. Health disease occurs due to risk factors like an unhealthy diet, unhealthy BMI (Body Mass Index), lack of exercise, and smoking. Also, heart problems may be genetic.

If a heart problem is keeping you from working, you may want to contact an attorney or claimant representative.  Most offer a free consultation to evaluate your social security disability claim.

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