Social Security Disability for Heart Disease in New Orleans
Many effects of heart disease can interfere with your ability to work, including dizziness, shortness of breath and limited mobility.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost half of all Americans have a risk factor for heart disease. It’s one of the most common kinds of health crisis.
It also creates a financial crisis.
When you can’t work because of heart disease, it means more stress that you don’t need.
But there’s a way to ease your financial strain so you can focus on your health and return to living a full life: Getting monthly income from Social Security Disability.
Disability Benefits Advocate Gary Sells and his team can help you win benefits when a serious health problem like heart disease forces you off work in Metairie, Gretna, Harvey, Marrero, Houma or anywhere else in the New Orleans area.
Symptoms Qualifying You for Social Security Disability for Heart Disease
To decide whether to award you disability benefits for heart disease, Social Security will look for symptoms like these:
- Chest discomfort with activity or emotional stress
- Pain or discomfort in other parts of the body, such as the inner left arm, jaw, neck, back and upper abdomen
- Shortness of breath when you exert yourself
- Chest discomfort without physical exertion
- Silent ischemia—or reduced blood and oxygen flow to the heart that can only be detected with medical tests
You can get a FREE evaluation of your case for disability benefits for heart disease from Gary Sells.
Evidence You Need to Win Disability for Heart Disease
You already know that heart disease can be a difficult condition for someone else to see. You might have days when you feel good and don’t have symptoms. People might question your commitment to working and your eligibility for benefits.
So you can’t just sign up for benefits. Social Security makes you prove you need them.
The best way to prove your case is to gather as much medical evidence as you can supporting your diagnosis.
This evidence can include:
- A record of at least three months of medical observation and treatment
- Electrocardiograph (ECG) results
- Results of all exercise tolerance tests
- Laboratory test results
- Detailed notes from your doctors on symptoms and diagnoses
You also need to show that your heart disease is severe enough that you can’t work.
One way to assess that is a measure called the “ejection fraction.” The ejection fraction measures how well the heart’s main pumping chamber—the left ventricle—is pumping blood through your body.
An ejection fraction of 55 percent or higher is normal. Being at 50-55 percent is considered borderline. Under 50 percent is abnormal. Ask your cardiologist what your ejection fraction is and what it means for your cardiovascular health.
IMPORTANT: Follow Your Doctor’s Orders
While Social Security needs to see records of the treatment your doctor prescribed, claims examiners also want to be sure you’re following up on the treatment.
To succeed in your Social Security Disability claim for heart disease, you must show that you’re complying with your physician’s recommendations. In other words, you must show you’re doing what you can to improve your condition.
If you don’t follow your doctor’s advice for stopping smoking and drinking alcohol, losing weight, exercising, undergoing cardiac therapy, keeping medical appointments and more, it could hurt your claim. You could get denied benefits even if you have severe heart disease.
Get Help Winning Benefits
Not only does heart disease cost you your job, it simply costs you.
By 2030, said the CDC Foundation, “annual direct medical costs associated with cardiovascular diseases are projected to rise to more than $818 billion, while lost productivity costs could exceed $275 billion.”
You need financial support to get through this. But the disability system is complicated.
Get help from an experienced disability advocate who knows the ins and outs of Social Security Disability policies and procedures, including gathering the right evidence.
Government reports have shown that people with representatives have a better chance of winning benefits.