One out of every three adults has high blood pressure or hypertension, a blood pressure reading that is consistently higher than 140/90.
There are many causes of hypertension. High blood pressure can be a symptom of another medical problem such as thyroid disease, kidney disease, arteriosclerosis, or sleep apnea. Or, high blood pressure can be a side-effect of medication. Birth control pills, cold medications, and asthma drugs may raise blood pressure.
Harmful Effects of High Blood Pressure
You can have high blood pressure and not know it, but if you have high blood pressure for an extended period of time, it can damage your body. High blood pressure puts stress on the heart and may cause heart failure. It can cause kidney failure. It can cause aneurisms or bulges to form in the blood vessels, and it can contribute to strokes and heart attacks.
While mild high blood pressure has few symptoms, severe hypertension can cause headaches, vomiting, nausea, confusion, and vision problems. These effects can make it difficult to work, but getting SSDI for high blood pressure is difficult.
Receiving SSDI For High Blood Pressure
In order to receive SSDI for hypertension, you must provide evidence that your symptoms directly affect your ability to work. You must show that you have these symptoms despite following your doctor’s treatment plan. High blood pressure is treated with medication and lifestyle changes. If you do not follow your doctor’s recommendations for diet and exercise, then you are not following his treatment plan.
Many people with high blood pressure have other conditions. In some cases, an underlying condition can cause high blood pressure. In other cases, high blood pressure causes additional medical problems. Be sure to include all of your health problems when applying for SSDI. This will allow the Social Security Administration to better understand your capabilities.
Ask a Massachusetts Disability Lawyer
For more tips about applying for SSDI, request a free copy of Boston disability advocate John Keefe’s book, 7 Costly Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Social Security Disability Claim. To schedule an appointment with a Boston disability benefits lawyer, contact Keefe Disability Law at 888-904-6847.