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Facts about Hypertension and Filing for Disability

1. Hypertension is medical terminology for high blood pressure, a condition that can go for a long time unnoticed without physically apparent signs or symptoms and yet is easily detected through regular doctor's visits.

2. Blood pressure is the amount and resistance of blood going through your arteries. If your heart is pumping a lot of blood but your arteries are too narrow to pass the blood at a normal rate, then your blood pressure reading will be higher than normal.

3. High blood pressure is very common and develops slowly, so that almost everyone will develop high blood pressure at some point in their lives. Since symptoms typically do not occur until hypertension is advanced enough to cause serious complications, it is important to get regular readings throughout life.

4. Starting at age three, blood pressure should be monitored as part of annual check-ups until age 20, when it should be checked every two years.

5. Almost all cases of hypertension have no specific or apparent cause, but just develop over time as a person ages. A small percentage of cases are due to other medical conditions or drug use and abuse.

6. Conditions that may cause high blood pressure include kidney problems and heart defects. Medications that can lead to high blood pressure include oral contraceptives (birth control pills), cold medications and decongestants, pain relievers and a variety of prescription medications. Abuse of cocaine and amphetamines can also lead to hypertension.

7. You can lower your risk for hypertension by maintaining a healthy body wait and being physically active, avoiding tobacco and alcohol use, limiting salt intake, getting enough vitamins such as potassium and vitamin D, and controlling stress levels.

8. Those who are most at risk include early middle aged men, post-menopausal women, African Americans, and those with a family history of high blood pressure.

Can you qualify for disability benefits with this condition?

Whether or not you qualify for disability and, as a result, are approved for disability benefits will depend entirely on the information obtained from your medical records. This includes whatever statements may have been obtained from your treating physician (a doctor who has a history of treating your condition and is, therefore, qualified to comment as to your condition and prognosis).

It will also depend on the information obtained from your vocational, or work, history if you are an adult, or academic records if you are a minor-age child. The important thing to keep in mind is that the social security administration does not award benefits based on simply having a condition, but, instead, will base an approval or denial on the extent to which a condition causes functional limitations. Functional limitations can be great enough to make work activity not possible (or, for a child, make it impossible to engage in age-appropriate activities).

Why are so many disability cases lost at the disability application and reconsideration appeal levels?

Speaking as a former Disability Claims Examiner, I can state that there are several reasons:

1) Social Security makes no attempt to obtain a statement from a claimant's treating physician. By contrast, at the hearing level, a claimant and his or her disability attorney will generally obtain and present this type of statement to a judge;

2) Prior to the hearing level, a claimant will not have the opportunity to explain how their condition limits them, nor will their attorney or representative have the opportunity to make a presentation based on the evidence of the case. At the hearing level, of course, this is exactly what happens. And a number of disability representatives will also take such steps even earlier, at the reconsideration appeal level;

3) Disability judges, unlike disability examiners who decides cases at the first two levels of the system, can make independent decisions without being overturned by immediate supervisors--which happens frequently.

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    SSD and SSI are Federal Programs

    The title II Social Security Disability and title 16 SSI Disability programs operate under federal guidelines and, therefore, the program requirements--medical and non-medical--apply to all states:

    Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

    Recent approval and denial statistics for various states can be viewed here:

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