One of the most common medical impairments we see when we are evaluating social security disability cases in Charlotte, North Carolina are heart or cardiac related disabilities or impairments. More specifically, we see a lot of claimant’s with many different types of heart impairments including: Coronary Artery Disease, Chronic Heart Failure, Cardiac Arrhythmias, Pacemaker Implants, Ischemic Heart Disease, and Congenital Heart Disease. This is not a complete list of heart related social security disability impairments that we see, but for the most part, most of the cases we see in Charlotte, North Carolina fall into one of these categories.
Heart or cardiac impairments can sometimes be difficult to evaluate in terms of winning a social security disability claim. Most of the time if someone is unable to work because of a heart or cardiac impairment it usually means it is very severe. In other words it is very likely it is severe enough that it limits or precludes them from being able to perform most types of work related activity. Even if a heart condition is very severe, you still have to prove you are entitled to social security disability benefits by showing objective medical records and testing. These can include tests such as an Echocardiogram, Stress Testing, Exercise Testing, Catheterizations, EKG’s, ultrasounds and other heart related lab and diagnostic testing. Additionally, you must be able to prove that you suffer from very severe symptoms which cause marked limitations. These symptoms can include just about anything, but some of the most common heart related symptoms include chest pain, shortness of breath, dyspnea, difficulty breathing, heart palpitations, dizzy spells, fainting, passing out, fatigue, swelling of the extremities, and many others. It also helps your chances of winning your social security disability claim if you can show you need multiple medical interventions or hospitalizations and/or a significant number of medications to help control your heart condition.
All of these factors listed above are important to your social security disability claim. unfortunately, a lot of this information can be difficult to analyze and present to the Social Security Administration if you are unfamiliar with them. If you have a heart or cardiac impairment and are thinking about applying for social security disability, it is probably wise to speak with an Charlotte disability attorney who is experienced in handling these types of claims. In Charlotte, North Carolina and throughout North and South Carolina we have helped many individuals suffering from a heart impairment with their social security disability claims. Please feel free to give one of our attorney’s a call for a free consultation if you have any questions.