Are You Disabled by Heart Disease?Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That means that every 39 seconds, an adult in America dies from heart attack or stroke. Millions more Americans suffer from cardiovascular disease.
Several underlying conditions, like hypertension, high cholesterol, and diabetes mellitus can all have an impact on the health of your heart. Nationally, 68 million American adults have high blood pressure, 71 million adults have high LDL cholesterol, and 25.6 million adults have diabetes. Statistics show that nearly three-quarters of individuals with diabetes will die from some type of cardiovascular disease. Environmental conditions may also have an impact; recently, an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found a link between exposure to environmental pollutants and a short-term increased risk in heart attack. Lifestyle changes – controlling blood pressure and cholesterol, and managing diabetes and potential environmental impacts – may reduce your chances of developing cardiovascular disease.
It’s also important to be alert for the warning signs for heart attack and stroke, which are often overlooked. These include chest pain or discomfort (often described as pressure, fullness, or squeezing), shortness of breath, sudden numbness, confusion, or difficulty speaking or understanding. The symptoms of a heart attack may manifest differently in women than in men. Often, women experience indigestion, nausea, or extreme fatigue. If you or a loved one experience these symptoms, seek emergency help immediately.
In addition to being the number one cause of death, cardiovascular disease is also the leading cause of disability in America. Conditions like congestive heart failure, ischemic heart disease, coronary artery disease, and stroke may interfere with the ability to work. If one or more of these conditions is making it difficult for you to work, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. For a free disability evaluation and answers to your questions about the disability process, you can call Keefe Disability Law, toll-free, at (888) 904-6847.