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Social Security disability benefits for chronic heart failure

Many people in Iowa and across the nation find themselves experiencing chest pain, which can be a symptom of many medical conditions. Some of these ailments are minor in nature, such as a pulled back muscle, while others are much more serious, like a heart attack or some sort of heart disease. For those in the latter group, their diagnosis and prognosis, in conjunction with the seriousness of their symptoms, may leave them unable to work. This can be problematic for a number of reasons, but most obviously it disallows them from paying for their needed medical treatment and prevents them from paying their day-to-day living expenses.

Fortunately, those who find themselves in this situation may be able to seek Social Security disability benefits. However, to do so they must prove that they meet certain federal requirements. To see an example, we'll take a look at chronic heart failure, a medical condition that affects a fair number of Iowans.

In order to recover SSD benefits for chronic heart failure, an individual must show that he or she experiences a particular level of severity of specific symptoms even though he or she is on a medication regimen. The applicant must provide medical evidence of systolic failure with reduced diastolic dimensions or ejection fraction or septal thickness with an atrium that has become enlarged. Additionally, the applicant must show that he or she suffers one of three outcomes, including three or more episodes of acute heart failure, an inability to complete daily activities or an inability to adequately perform an exercise test due to things such as heart palpitations, chest pain or severe changes in blood pressure.

Social Security disability benefits can be a financial lifesaver to those who find themselves coping with a serious medical condition. Successfully seeking these benefits is often difficult, though. Many claims are initially denied, therefore requiring multiple appeals before benefits are actually awarded, if awarded at all. This is why those who are suffering from a disability should consider having a skilled legal professional by their side as they fight for the compensation they need.

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