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Mitral Valve Prolapse and Receiving Social Security Disability

Diagnosis of mitral valve prolapse is based on...
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Your heart is the center of your cardiovascular system. Your heart pumps blood through your body’s blood vessels to all of your cells. Your blood carries oxygen that your cells need. Heart disease refers to a group of diseases that occur when your heart and blood vessels are not working like they should.

Your mitral valve is also called the bicuspid valve or left atrioventricular valve. It is a dual-flap valve that separates the lower (ventricle) and upper (atrium) chambers of the left side of your heart. Your mitral valve has the function of controlling blood flow from your left atrium into your left ventricle.

Mitral valve prolapse happens when your mitral valve fails to close the way it should. This sometimes results in blood leaking back into your left atrium. This is a condition that is referred to as mitral valve regurgitation.

Mitral valve prolapse is referred to by other names. It is also called floppy valve syndrome, ballooning mitral valve syndrome, click-murmur syndrome and Barlow’s syndrome.

Mitral valve prolapse is the most common heart valve abnormality. As much as 10% of the general population may have some form of this condition.

Most of the time mitral valve prolapse does not cause any problems and does not require treatment. However, when mitral valve prolapse does cause signs and symptoms, it is called mitral valve prolapse syndrome, and it can have serious, life-threatening complications.

As mentioned earlier, many people never have any signs or symptoms with mitral valve prolapse. If you do have signs and symptoms, they can vary greatly from person to person. Some of the signs and symptoms that you may experience are:

  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath or having trouble breathing that often occurs when you are doing physical activity or lying down flat
  • Chest pain that is not caused by coronary artery disease or a heart attack
  • An irregular or racing heartbeat (arrhythmia)
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Cough
  • Anxiety, depression and panic attacks
  • Migraine headaches.

You or a loved one may have mitral valve prolapse. This condition and/or complications resulting from or other conditions along with it may be why you or your loved one cannot work. It may be the cause of you or your loved one’s disability.

Have you or your loved one applied for the financial assistance that you need from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by mitral valve prolapse and/or complications resulting from or other conditions along with it? Were you denied by the Social Security Administration?

If you or your loved one appeals the denial by the Social Security Administration, remember this important fact. People who have a disability lawyer like the one you will find at disabilitycasereview.com are approved more often than those who are not represented by a disability attorney.

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