Most of us have someone in our family who has experienced heart disease. With one out of three deaths in the United States attributed to heart disease or stroke, cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in America. Heart and circulatory conditions are also one of the leading causes of disability, preventing individuals from being able to work and provide for themselves and their families.
February is designated as American Heart Month, which serves to bring awareness to health concerns related to the heart. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also is working in conjunction with other government agencies on the Million Hearts program. This initiative seeks to prevent a million strokes and heart attacks in the coming five years by educating people about healthy choices and improving treatment and care of cardiovascular diseases.
Heart Disease and Disability
Heart and circulatory conditions may result in a variety of physical challenges, like shortness of breath, fatigue and chest pain, which make it difficult or impossible for a person to hold a job. Diseases that may lead to disabilities include coronary artery disease, ischemic heart disease and peripheral artery disease.
If you are unable to be employed due to a heart condition you may qualify for Social Security Disability (SSDI). An attorney can assist you in obtaining evidence like cardiograms and stress tests to demonstrate the seriousness of your condition to the Social Security Administration, and help you obtain any benefits you qualify for.
Source: CDC, Be One in a Million this American Heart Month