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Atrial Fibrillation and Receiving Social Security Disability

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Your heart is the center of your cardiovascular system. Your heart pumps blood to all of your cells through your body’s blood vessels. Your blood carries oxygen that your cells need. Atrial fibrillation is the most common kind of abnormal heart rhythm (cardiac arrhythmia). Cardiac arrhythmia refers to a group of conditions where your heart is beating in an irregular way. Atrial fibrillation is when your heart’s atria, the two small upper chambers, quiver instead of beating effectively. The result is that your blood is not completely pumped out of these two chambers. This can cause your blood to pool and clot. A stroke can happen if a piece of a blood clot leaves your heart and lodges in an artery in your brain. About 2.2 million people or around 1% of the population in the United States have atrial fibrillation. About 15% of strokes happen in people with atrial fibrillation. Your risk of having atrial fibrillation increases with age. Anywhere from 3 to 5% of people over age 65 have this condition. There are risk factors that may increase your likelihood of having atrial fibrillation. These include drinking alcohol, heart disease, advancing age, family history, high blood pressure and other chronic conditions. The signs and symptoms of atrial fibrillation vary from one person to another. Some people do not have any signs or symptoms. If you do have signs and symptoms, you may experience: Atrial fibrillation can be chronic or occasional. Chronic atrial fibrillation is an ongoing problem that lasts until it is treated. Occasional atrial fibrillation comes and goes. It may last from minutes to hours and stop on its own. You or a loved one may have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. This condition and/or complications resulting from or other conditions along with it may be why you or your loved one is disabled. It may be why you need financial assistance. Do you or your loved one intend to apply for the financial help that you need from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by atrial fibrillation and/or complications resulting from or other conditions along with this disorder? Have you or your loved one already done this and been denied by the Social Security Administration? If you or your loved one is thinking about appealing the denial by the Social Security Administration, think carefully about this. People who have a disability attorney like the one you will find at are approved more often than those who are not represented by a disability lawyer.
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