Can I Get Social Security Disability For Dilated Cardiomyopathy?

Nov 10, 2011 Comments Off on Can I Get Social Security Disability For Dilated Cardiomyopathy? by

Question: Can I get Social Security disability for dilated cardiomyopathy?

Answer: It may be quite possible, depending upon how badly your heart is damaged?

Dilated cardiomyopathy is where the heart gets damaged, by something such as high blood pressure, infection or heart attack. Sometimes, no one can ever figure out what caused the dilated cardiomyopathy. The damaged heart becomes enlarged — or dilated — and pumps blood poorly. This leads to congestive heart failure. Doctors can give medicine. They may even be able to do some surgery to help but dilated cardiomyopathy is a serious matter. It can sap a person’s strength and energy and make it impossible for them to work.

The most important thing for Social Security in dilated cardiomyopathy cases is the Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction (LVEF). This is a basic test for how well the heart is pumping blood. The LVEF can be roughly gauged in an ultrasound and more precisely measured in a cardiac catheterization. If you have dilated cardiomyopathy, you ought to ask your doctor about your ejection fraction. Normal is 55-70%. You will definitely have symptoms when it gets below 40%. If it stays below 30%, you are very likely to be approved for Social Security disability but you certainly do not have to get that low to be approved. If it gets below 20% you either get a new heart or a heart assist device or you die. Obviously, this is a pretty important number if you have dilated cardiomyopathy.

Your likelihood of sucess with a Social Security disability claim based upon dilated cardiomyopathy depends upon how old you are and what other illnesses you have.

At the Charles T. Hall Law Firm, we represent people who have Social Security disability claims based upon dilated cardiomyopathy. We represent claimants over a wide area of North Carolina. From Norlina to Lumberton, from Southern Pines to Snow Hill, we can help.

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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.