Heart Attacks And Congestive Heart Failure

Congestive heart failure is when the heart cannot pump enough blood to the other organs in the body. Congestive heart failure can be caused by narrowed arteries, a heart attack, high blood pressure, or a heart defect. It can cause shortness of breath, chest discomfort, fatigue, weakness, irregular heartbeats, reduced physical activity, coughing, swelling, sudden weight gain, nausea, and difficulty concentrating.

In evaluating your chronic heart failure, Social Security will consider the following:

  • Medical testing such as a chest x-ray, echocardiography, or cardiac catheterization
  • Symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, cough, chest discomfort at rest or with activity, heart arrhythmias, swelling or rapid weight gain
  • Systolic or diastolic failure
  • Difficulties in activities of daily living
  • Medical evidence showing hospitalizations

Social Security looks at how congestive heart failure affects your maximum physical ability to perform work-related activities on a continuing basis. Social Security is required to consider the nature and extent of your congestive heart failure, and how this condition restricts your ability to sit, stand, walk, lift, carry, push, and pull, as well as your ability to perform postural or manipulative activities (i.e. bending, twisting, stooping, reaching, fingering, or feeling). Social Security will also assess any further limitations that your congestive heart failure might cause, such as a need for environmental restrictions, unscheduled breaks, or excessive absences due to symptoms or treatments.

If congestive heart failure interferes with your ability to manage daily activities or maintain employment, Zerbe Garner Blondell & Weldon LLP can help. Our attorneys help individuals suffering from congestive heart failure fight for disability benefits. If you are disabled because of your congestive heart failure, or if you need help determining if you are eligible to receive Social Security benefits because of congestive heart failure, call us today.

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