Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Heart Disease, Heart Attack, High Blood Pressure, Social Security Disability SSI

Heart disease is commonly cited on social security disability and SSI disability applications, and in many different ways. As an examiner, I routinely received cases for which the primary allegation (the condition cited as a basis for disability benefits) fell into one of the following categories: heart attacks (a.k.a. myocardial infarctions), congestive heart failure (SSA refers to this as chronic heart failure), coronary artery disease (a.k.a. ischemic heart disease), arrhythmia (including tachycardia and bradycardia), congenital heart defect, angina, and valve defects.

Interestingly enough, I've been doing some reading recently on hypertension and it has struck me how very important it is for individuals to keep themselves properly managed if they have high blood pressure, particularly if they fall into one of the following groups: A) they have diabetes, B) they have been diagnosed with hypertension, C) they have a family history of heart disease, hypertension, or diabetes.

High blood pressure, sustained and uncontrolled, can damage the vascular system and can lead to a heart attack. It can also damage the kidneys which can potentially lead to dialysis. So, if you have high blood pressure, monitor it regularly and stay compliant with your meds if you are on any medications. And if you have any of the risk factors for hypertension (overweight, family history of heart disease or hypertension, a diagnosis of a related medical condition), again, make sure you get regular check ups from your treating physician.

On this page, you'll find links to informational posts about heart disease and high blood pressure.

1. Social Security Disability SSI and Heart Disease

"Heart disease covers a number of different conditions, including contributing risk factors such as diabetes and hypertension a.k.a. high blood pressure"

2. Suffering a Heart Attack in your Thirties

"Conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes are often manageable through diet modification and medication"

3. Disability and Heart Failure - What is heart failure?

"Almost five million Americans are living with heart failure today and that number is growing"

4. Could Anxiety Increase Risk of Heart Disease?

"Researchers are looking at the effects of anxiety on heart disease and subsequently, heart attacks"

5. Good fats lower the risk of death from heart disease

"Coronary artery disease runs in my family so I tend to perk up when I see articles about heart disease"

6. Social Security Disability and Heart Attack

"Some individuals assume that the incidence of a myocardial infarction, or heart attack, will qualify them to receive disability benefits"

7. Social Security Disability SSI and High blood pressure

"There are many risk factors associated with persistent hypertension, including stroke, aneurysms, cardiovascular disease, myocardial infarction, hypertensive chronic heart failure, hypertensive nephrology"

8. Obesity, Congestive Heart failure, and social security disability

"The obesity listing focused on diastolic blood pressure, venous insufficiency, congestive heart failure, and respiratory disease as criteria for approval"

9. Social Social Security Disability, High Cholesterol, High Blood pressure and rewarding healthy behavior

"Both hypercholesterolemia and hypertension, of course, are strong risk factors for cardiovascular disease"

10. Obesity can lead to Disability

"Kidney disease is rising due to increases in the general population in a) obesity, b) high blood pressure and c) diabetes"

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