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Applying for disability with heart failure and Social Security keeps sending me to doctors
Back in January, I began the process of filing for disability due to congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathy. They have sent me to two doctors already and now when I thought they were about to make a decision they are sending me to another doctor for another evaluation. They already sent me to do a ECG and an echocardiogram. What do you think this means in regards to my chances for getting approved? Thank you for your opinion.
The only thing you can really ever know about this type of situation is that a disability examiner, or just as likely, a disability examiner's supervisor, has found it necessary to obtain additional information that was not necessarily available in your regular medical records.
It's probably not very often, I would say, that a claimant is sent for an ECG and an echocardiogram, so, obviously, they think this line of development is worth pursuing. That said, I think its safe to say this is a positive development.
In my time as a disability examiner, I think I may seen this type of consultative examination being scheduled less than a handful of times. I would I could say more, but the only thing to do is wait for a decision at this point.
Good luck on your case.
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