FACTS ABOUT CARDIOVASCULAR HEART STENOSIS AND FILING FOR DISABILITY



Facts about Cardiovascular Heart Stenosis and Filing for Disability



 
These selected pages answer some of the most basic, but also some of the most important, questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim for disability benefits.


  • How to apply for disability and the information that Social Security needs

  • Who will qualify for disability and what qualifying is based on

  • Requirements for disability - Qualifications Criteria for SSD and SSI

  • How to Prove you are disabled and win your disability benefits



  • Facts about the condition

    1. Cardiovascular stenosis involves the narrowing of arteries and valves in the heart, preventing proper blood flow from the heart to the body. Two types of cardiovascular stenosis are aortic valve stenosis and mitral valve stenosis, both causing similar symptoms and complications although a different valve is affected.

    2. Aortic and mitral valve stenosis both cause the heart to pump harder in order to fulfill the body's need for blood to circulate. Overtime the heart weakens due to being overworked, and the amount of blood pumped becomes limited.

    3. The narrowing of the aortic valve can be caused by heart defects from birth, buildup of calcium in old age, and rheumatic fever, a complication of strep throat that causes scar tissue to develop in the valve.

    4. Symptoms of aortic valve stenosis include pain and tightness in the chest; feeling faint, fatigued or short of breath, especially with physical activity; and irregular heartbeat such as palpitations or murmur.

    5. Mitral valve stenosis is caused primarily by development of rheumatic fever in childhood, which can scar the valve and cause it to narrow.

    6. Symptoms of mitral valve stenosis are similar to aortic valve stenosis, but also include swelling of the feet and ankles, persistent, productive cough, and higher risk of respiratory infections. Unlike aortic valve stenosis, mitral stenosis rarely causes chest pain or tightness. Symptoms usually resemble heart failure.

    7. Aortic valve stenosis increases the risk of infection in the bloodstream and heart. Mitral valve stenosis may lead to enlargement of the heart, blood clots and lung congestion. Both conditions may result in heart failure if not treated.

    8. Treatment of stenosis in heart valves targets symptoms first. As the condition worsens, surgery becomes necessary to repair the valve. However, some people never reach the point of severity where surgery is needed.


    Qualifying 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 and treatment notes that 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 also includes discharge summaries from hospital stays, reports of imaging studies (such as xrays, MRIs, and CT scans) and lab panels (i.e. bloodwork) as well as reports from physical therapy.

    In many disability claims, it may also include the results of a report issued by an independent physician who examines you at the request of the Social Security Administration.



    Qualifying for SSD or SSI benefits 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. In the case of adults, your work history information will allow a disability examiner (examiners make decisions at the initial claim and reconsideration appeal levels, but not at the hearing level where a judges decides the outcome of the case) to A) classify your past work, B) determine the physical and mental demands of your past work, C) decide if you can go back to a past job, and D) whether or not you have the ability to switch to some type of other work.

    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?

    There are several reasons but here are just two:

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

    Note: it is not enough for a doctor to simply state that their patient is disabled. To satisy Social Security's requirements, the physician must list in what ways and to what extent the individual is functionally limited. For this reason, many representatives and attorneys request that the physician fill out and sign a specialized medical source statement that captures the correct information. Solid Supporting statements from physicians easily make the difference between winning or losing a disability case at the hearing level.

    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. This is because at the initial levels of the disability system, a disability examiner decides the case without meeting the claimant. The examiner may contact the claimant to gather information on activities of daily living and with regard to medical treatment or past jobs, but usually nothing more. At the hearing level, however, presenting an argument for approval based on medical evidence that has been obtained and submitted is exactly what happens.







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    These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

    Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

    Permanent Social Security Disability

    What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?

    Who is eligible for SSI disability?

    Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?

    What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?

    Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

    What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?