Can I Get Social Security Disability For Cardiomegaly?

Oct 23, 2011 Comments Off on Can I Get Social Security Disability For Cardiomegaly? by

Question: Can I get Social Security disability for cardiomegaly?

Answer: If it’s bad enough.

First, what is cardiomegaly? It’s an enlarged heart. An enlarged muscle is generally a good thing. The heart is a muscle so why isn’t it a good thing when the heart enlarges? The problem is that a heart is usually enlarged because it has been damaged by something like high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, infection, inflammation, drug or alcohol abuse, etc. These are various forms of what doctors call cardiomyopathy. An enlarged heart didn’t get bigger because it became more muscular but because it became flabbier, less able to pump blood. You don’t need a medical degree to figure out that if you heart is flabby and doesn’t pump blood like it used to that you’re going to have symptoms. The symptom will probably be that you get tired out very quickly.

Like most things in medicine, cardiomegaly can be mild, moderate or severe. It can be to some extent reversible, that is cardiomegaly can, to some extent, get better.

If you have cardiomegaly, the most important number for you is your ejection fraction, which may be called the Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction, or LVEF. This is a mesaure of how efficiently your heart is pumping blood. Normal is around 60%. Below 40% and you’ll definitely have symptoms. Below 30% and you’ll definitely have serious symptoms. If it stays below 20%, you either have some cardiac assist device implanted (like former Vice President Dick Chaney) or you get a heart transplant or you die.

At the Charles T. Hall Law Firm, we represent clients with a wide variety of impairments including cardiomegaly. We represent clients from Mount Airy to Mount Olive, from Elon to Elizabethtown. Contact us for a free review of your case.

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Charles Hall is the lead attorney for the Charles Hall Law Firm in Raleigh, NC. He has been practicing in the Social Security Disability law field since 1979, is published, and is ready to help new clients win their benefits in North Carolina.