When you apply for Social Security disability benefits (SSDI), it is important that you provide a copy of your medical records showing your diagnosis, any treatments that have been prescribed, and the outcome of those treatments. You should also provide the results of any medical tests used to diagnose and evaluate your condition.
The following tests are used to diagnose and assess cor pulmonale:
- Physical exam: Your doctor should provide notes about all your health problems. He should comment on any unusual sounds in the heart and lungs, the amount of swelling in the abdomen, ankles, and feet, your energy level, the amount of physical activity that you can safely perform, and any restrictions or limitations caused by your condition.
- Blood tests: You should have test results showing the amount of oxygen, acids, and carbon dioxide in the blood.
- EKG: An electrocardiogram checks the heart rhythm for indications of heart damage and heart disease.
- Echocardiogram: An echocardiogram uses sound waves to create an image of the heart as it beats and pumps blood.
- Chest X-ray: A chest x-ray will show the size of your heart and any fluid in the heart and lungs.
- CT scan: A CT or CAT scan uses a computer-operated x-ray to take pictures of the heart.
- MRI: An MRI is another way to create an image of the heart. An MRI can show how the heart is functioning.
- VQ scan: A ventilation (V) and perfusion (Q) test shows the airways and blood vessels in the lungs and provides information about how well your lungs are working.
- Spirometry: A spirometer measures the volume of air in the lungs and the speed at which the air is inhaled and exhaled.
You may not need every test, but our disability lawyers recommend that you provide as much supporting information as possible with your SSDI application.
Learn more about applying for SSDI in Massachusetts; request a free copy of disability benefits attorney John Keefe’s book, Five Most Frequently Asked Questions about Social Security Disability. If you have questions about your individual situation, please call Keefe Disability Law at 888-904-6847.