I am having a really hard time working! My dizziness and other symptoms from A-fib are getting so bad it’s hard for me to do much. Help!

Any time something prevents your heart from functioning normally, you risk side effects and complications. Atrial fibrillation, called “A-fib” for short, impacts your heart rhythm. If your doctor has diagnosed you with A-fib, the upper chambers of your heart might not be pumping blood as they are supposed to.

Symptoms of A-fib

Although the majority of the time people do not experience many symptoms of A-fib, some cases can cause individuals grief. Here are some of the most common symptoms you could feel as a result of your A-fib.

  • Dizziness
  • Palpitations
  • Fainting
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty with heavy manual labor


If you experience any of these symptoms, your doctor should give you medication to help. If that still does not work, you might need to use a pacemaker to keep your heart rhythm regulated.

Getting SSDI With A-fib

If your treatment works to control the symptoms of A-fib, you will not qualify for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI). However, if you have other symptoms that go beyond what the medication or a pacemaker can treat, you might qualify to receive SSDI. When applying, you would most likely have to apply under the disability listing for arrhythmias. This is how the Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluates abnormal fibrillation.

Because of how complicated this condition is when it comes to receiving SSDI, it is important that you work with a Social Security disability attorney on your application. This will increase the chances that you will be approved and get the money you need. Fill out the contact form on this page and we will be in touch soon with more information.

John L. Keefe
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Founding Attorney, Massachusetts Social Security Disability Lawyer