December 6, 2019

What is heart disease?

“Heart Disease” is an umbrella term referring to a variety of diseases that affect the heart. Also called cardiovascular disease, it is the leading cause of death in the United States and the world.

The cardiac muscle, or the myocardium, of the heart depends on a constant flow of blood. This blood is supplied by the coronary arteries. If the blood supply is restricted, then the heart muscle cannot get the vital oxygen and nutrients it needs to survive. This restriction of blood flow to the myocardium can result in Coronary Artery Disease (CAD).

CAD includes:

  • Atherosclerosis: the narrowing or stiffening of arteries due to fatty deposits.
  • Angina: chest pains caused by exertion; a sign that the heart is not receiving enough blood.
  • Heart Attack: due to a blockage in an artery, a part of the myocardium is deprived of blood, therefore oxygen.

other types of heart disease include:

  • congenital heart disease
  • etc.

When a person suffers from the above cardiac conditions, they may suffer from a number of symptoms which will limit their ability to work. Such physical limitations preventing employment may include:

  • Lack of physical energy and stamina
  • fatigue
  • drowsiness resulting from medications used to treat symptoms
  • Anxiety and nervousness resulting from heart palpitations

Heart Disease may require serious medical attention and prohibit you from working. If you have heart disease in your family, are on heart medication, or have already had the misfortune of suffering a heart attack, then you may qualify for Social Security Disability.