SSDRC authored by Tim Moore
Filing a Social Security Disability Application - How to File & the Information that is Needed by SSA
Do you need a Lawyer at the Administrative Law Judge Disability Hearing?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition?
What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Denial of benefits
If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?
How much is paid for the Social Security Disability Attorney Fee?
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
How To Get Disability Through SSDI or SSI Approved
Should you get Help from a Disability Attorney before the Claim has been Denied?
Answers to questions about SSD and SSI disability
Qualifying for Disability - What is Social Security Looking for?
How do I check the status of my Social Security disability claim?
What Expenses Will A Social Security Attorney Charge In Addition To The Fee?
Facts about Mitral Valve Prolapse and Filing for Disability
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
1) Mitral valve prolapse (MVP) is a heart condition characterized by the valve between the atrium and ventricle on the left side of the heart not closing properly.
2) Sometimes MVP causes the valve’s flaps to bulge and go back into the atrium causing blood to enter the left atrium, also known as mitral regurgitation, and other times it is quite harmless. It is estimated that nearly 10 percent of Americans have some form of MVP, though it does not present symptoms or affect their lifestyle.
3) MVP is either classified as classic or non-classic, based on mitral valve leaflet thickness. MVP can also be further categorized as symmetric vs. asymmetric and flail vs. non-flail. While non-classic MVP is low-risk and rarely presents complications, classic MVP can include complications such as mitral regurgitation, congestive heart failure, infective endocarditis and in some cases cardiac arrest and death.
4) Although symptoms for MVP may develop slowly or very often not at all, there may at times be symptoms of fatigue, shortness of breath when lying down, difficulty breathing, cough, chest pain or heart palpitations. When these symptoms are present it is referred to as ‘mitral valve prolapse syndrome’.
5) Treatment is not always needed for mitral valve prolapse. If symptoms are present or the patient experiences depressed ejection fraction or the left ventricle becomes enlarged, mitral valve replacement surgery might be an option. Certain drugs might be used to treat the heart issues or mitral regurgitation, such as anti-arrhythmic drugs, vasodilators, diuretics, anticoagulants, or propranol.
6) MVP is associated with Graves disease, Marfan syndrome, polysystic kidney disease, and osteogenesis imperfects.
7) The American Heart Association does not currently recommend giving antibiotics to patients with mitral valve prolapse that are having surgical or dental procedures – a practice that used to be used to protect against patients getting an infection called bacterial endocarditis (BE). If the patient has had BE previously, antibiotics may still be used.
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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