I have been diagnosed with coronary heart disease. Is there anything I can do to improve my condition and avoid having to apply for New England SSA disability benefits?

Although your diagnosis is frightening and can lead to disability, there are many things you can do to slow the rate at which your coronary heart disease progresses. 

Atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, leads to many serious heart problems. But the good news is that you can slow, stop, or even reversing the narrowing of your arteries by making major changes in your lifestyle choices. While doing this is not easy, if you are motivated enough, you can avoid becoming dependent on other people and the government to go on living. 

Here are some suggestions from the Mayo Clinic:

  • Stop smoking. The nicotine in cigarettes constricts the blood vessels in your body, forcing your heart to work much harder than it needs to. In addition, carbon monoxide damages blood vessels and cuts the amount of oxygen in your blood.
  • Control your blood pressure. You should have regular blood pressure checks. Hypertension and the risk for heart attacks are very closely related.
  • Keep your cholesterol levels low.
  • Control your diabetes.
  • Exercise regularly. We all know the benefits of exercise, but do not always take advantage of this cost free way to avoid many serious diseases. Mayo Clinic recommends 30 to 60 minutes a day, with your doctor’s permission.
  • Eat healthy foods. This is another way to avoid many health problems and to lose weight. Obesity can lead to heart disease and diabetes. A heart healthy diet will include fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Keep stress managed. Deep breathing, muscle relaxation, and exercise can all help you maintain a healthy mental attitude and reduce the damaging physical effects of stress.

Because 9.5 percent of all Social Security Administration disability benefits went to disabled workers suffering from circulatory system diseases in 2010, the risk of being unable to work are very real. But by making changes in how you live your life, you may avoid becoming one of those disability cases.

If you do need help with New England SSA disability questions, call a disability lawyer in Rhode Island to get them answered. Keefe Disability Law has helped many people just like you. Call us toll free today at 888-904-6847 to get the facts.

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