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How do I know if I have a cardiac condition that may qualify for disability?


Over a million people in the United States suffer from cardiac disorders that put their lives at risk every day. Unfortunately, many of these people aren’t even aware that they’re inflicted—not realizing that their daily activities could be increasing their risks of a fatal heart attack. According to statistics taken from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease kills over 600,000 people a year, while causing over 720,000 debilitating heart attacks. Are you a statistic waiting to happen? Is your job increasing your risks?

Although heart attacks can be brought on by numerous factors, the most common onset of an attack usually occurs after strenuous physical activity and stress. Unfortunately, working can increase both of these factors to a dangerous level when dealing with your heart. The National Institute of Health supports that nearly 37 percent of men and 27 percent of women prematurely die before retirement age, as a result of work stresses contributing to heart disease.

Knowing the Signs to Get Cardiac Disability and Treatment

It is extremely important to not only understand your risks, but also be able to identify symptoms of a heart problem. If you show the signs, and are diagnosed with a degenerative heart problem, you can then file a disability claim to help eliminate the need to work as well as decrease the risk of stress-induced heart attacks.

Common symptoms of heart disorders include: 

  • Shortness of breath (dyspnea) when you exert yourself or when you lie down
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Chest pain (if your heart failure is caused by a heart attack)
  • Persistent dizziness
  • Swelling (edema) in your legs, ankles, and feet
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Difficulty exercising
  • Wheezing
  • Persistent cough with white or blood-tinged phlegm
  • Increased need to urinate at night
  • Swelling of your abdomen (ascites)
  • Sudden weight gain from fluid retention
  • Lack of appetite and nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Slowed reflexes
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Fainting fits

Getting All the Help You Need

Cardiac problems affect thousands of people each year. You shouldn’t be forced to risk making your disorder worse by being forced to work. If you experience any of the above symptoms, seek medical attention immediately for a cardiac diagnosis. If that diagnosis is severe, and your physician recommends limited stress and strain, contact us to help you file for disability. We know the importance of financial independence, but a paycheck isn’t worth your life. Let us help you get the disability benefits you deserve, while making sure your heart gets the care and treatment you need to survive. Call today for a free consultation and advice about your disability claim.

Did you know that you can use your social media to share this page with your loved ones via Facebook? They may not know their risks until it’s too late, but by clicking the Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus icons you can help prevent unnecessary work strain and potential heart attacks. It’s up to you to make sure your loved ones know the signs and get the help they need.


John L. Keefe
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