Chances are, there is someone in your family who suffers from some form of heart disease. This common condition can create severe limitations on a person’s ability to work and support themselves. There are several types of heart disease that may qualify for social security disability benefits in order to ease some of that financial burden.
Types of Heart Disease That May Qualify for Disability Benefits
What types of heart disease may qualify you for social security disability benefits? The following is an overview:
- Coronary artery disease. This condition occurs when the arteries become clogged and narrowed, restricting the ability for blood to flow to the heart. When the heart does not receive enough blood, oxygen deprivation sets in and the heart muscle cramps. This is known as ischemia.
- Congestive heart failure. This condition results when the blood that returns from the heart through the veins begins to back up. When this happens, it causes congestion in the tissues. Congestive heart failure is caused by the heart being unable to pump enough blood to the other organs of the body. Since congestive heart failure impacts the ability of the kidneys to dispose of sodium and water, swelling can result. Fluid can also collect in the lungs and interfere with breathing. This condition is so common that studies have shown 1 in 5 people aged 40 and older will develop congestive heart failure during their lifetime.
- Arteriosclerosis. This condition is also known as “hardening of the arteries.” It occurs when fatty or calcium deposits build up on the artery walls, causing them to thicken. Often, arteriosclerosis is simply a result of aging. The walls of blood vessels simply become stiffer as time goes on.
- Aortic aneurysm. This condition occurs when there is a bulge in part of an artery caused by weakness in the wall of the blood vessel. An aneurysm is extremely dangerous because if it ruptures it can cause fatal bleeding.
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