Bacterial Endocarditis and Receiving Social Security Disability
There are four valves and four chambers on the inside of your heart that are lined by a thin membrane that is called the endocardium. Endocarditis is infection and/or inflammation of this inner layer of your heart. Endocarditis usually involves your heart valves (native or prosthetic valves), also.
Bacterial endocarditis is one of the types of endocarditis. It affects somewhere between 10,000 and 20,000 people in the United States each year. While bacterial endocarditis is not a common disease, it is important because even with antimicrobial therapy, this disease can lead to stroke, the need for open heart surgery or even death.
Bacterial endocarditis is caused by germs that enter your bloodstream, travel to your heart and attach to abnormal heart valves or damaged heart tissue. Bacteria are the cause of most cases, but fungi or other microorganisms can also result in this disease.
Sometimes, bacterial endocarditis results from one of many common bacteria that live in your mouth, upper respiratory tract or other parts of your body. In other cases, the organism that is responsible for this disease may enter into your bloodstream through:
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The signs and symptoms that you may have with bacterial endocarditis vary according to the type of the disease and the cause of the infection. Possible signs and symptoms include:
- Respiratory tract or dental procedures
- Certain common activities like chewing food or brushing your teeth.
- Catheters or needles
- An infection or other medical condition.
There are other signs and symptoms that may be caused by bacterial endocarditis that can only be confirmed by your doctor. Some of these are:
- Night sweats
- A persistent cough
- Unintended weight loss
- Osters nodes (tender spots under the skin on the pads of your fingers)
- Arthritis or joint pain
- Splinter hemorrhages (dark red lines of bleeding under your nails)
- Chest or back pain
- Painless, bumpy nodules on the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet
- Shortness of breath
- Petechiae (tiny, purplish-red pinpoint spots of bleeding under your skin).
You or a loved one may have been diagnosed with bacterial endocarditis. Bacterial endocarditis and/or complications that have been caused by it or other ailments that you have besides this disease may have led to you or your loved ones disability and be what is keeping you from working.
You may need assistance because of this. You may need financial help.
You or your loved one may be considering applying 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 that has been caused by bacterial endocarditis and/or complications that have been brought about by it or other ailments that you have besides this disease. You may have already tried this option, and your claim was turned down by the Social Security Administration.
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- A change in the quality of an existing heart murmur or a new heart murmur
- Embolisms caused by clumps of blood cells and infectious fungi or bacteria
- An enlarged spleen.