Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Heart Attack Social Security Disability SSI - Applying for Disability

Some individuals assume that the incidence of a myocardial infarction, or heart attack, will qualify them to receive disability benefits from the social security administration. However, this is far from the truth. Eligibility for social security disability or SSI is not dependent on a claimant's diagnosed condition nor the occurrence of a specific medical event. Instead, social security evaluates an individual's residual functional capacity, or, put another way, their ability to work despite their condition or conditions.

For this reason, individuals who have suffered a heart attack may qualify for disability if their resulting condition prevents them from engaging in their past work, or from engaging in other forms of work, or if their condition satisfies the requirements of a condition listed in the cardiovascular section of the SSA impairment listing manual.

Similar to cases involving stroke, social security will attempt to evaluate the functional capability of a claimant as it exists three months following the occurrence of a heart attack. This means, of course, that claimants who file for disability and have recently suffered a heart attack will probably not receive a decision on an initial claim for several months.

For additional information on the social security disability and SSI system, you may choose to follow the link above that leads to Disability or, if you need representation on a claim, you may scroll to the bottom of this post to submit a case evaluation form.

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5. What happens when a social security disability claim gets denied? - SSA claim denial
6. What is a disability, or medically determinable impairment, for Social Security Disability or SSI?

What follows is basic information on Heart attacks:

Over one million Americans suffer from new or recurrent heart attacks each year, and about forty percent of those individuals will die as a result. Ischemic heart disease, also known as CAD or coronary artery disease, is the leading cause of death in developed nations.

What is a heart attack or myocardial infarction? Myocardial infarction or heart attack occurs when there is an interruption in the blood supply to some part of the heart. Women over fifty and men over the age of forty are at the highest risk for heart attack.

Other than age, what are other risk factors for heart attack? Gender (males), smoking, diabetes, coronary heart disease, hypertension, and obesity are important heart attack risk factors.

What are heart attack symptoms? Men and women often experience differing symptoms. Women may suffer from fatigue, shortness of breath, and weakness, instead of more obvious symptoms such as angina, pressure, or palpitations. In general, heart attack symptoms may include palpitations, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, weakness, or shortness of breath.

Cardiac medical therapy might include oxygen, pain relievers, or blood thinners. Additionally, surgical procedures such as dilations and bypass surgery are used to increase blood flow within the heart. No matter what treatment method is used to treat a heart attack, the goal is to prevent heart damage.

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