Your aortic valve is one of your hearts four valves. It allows oxygen-rich blood to flow from your left ventricle into the largest artery of your body, the aorta. The blood is then transported to the rest of your body.
A normal aortic valve has three leaflets (cusps). These leaflets are what control the blood flow of your hearts left ventricle.
Bicuspid aortic valve disease (BAVD) is a group of conditions that affect your heart. People who have BAVD have only two leaflets in their aortic valve. With the passage of time, this can cause several different medical problems.
There are two kinds of bicuspid aortic valve disease that can bring about stress to your heart. The first is bicuspid aortic valve insufficiency. This is a condition in which your aortic valves do not close as tightly as they are supposed to. This lets blood backup into your heart. This is referred to as leakage or regurgitation.
The second kind of BAVD is bicuspid aortic valve stenosis. This condition is where there is a narrowing of your deformed aortic valve. This places greater stress on your hearts left ventricle because it has to work harder to pump blood through your valve that has been narrowed.
Bicuspid aortic valve is the most common congenital (present at birth) heart defect. It is estimated that as many as 2% of the population of the United States have this heart defect. This condition is nearly twice as common in men as in women.
You may not have any signs and symptoms with bicuspid aortic valve disease. Some of the signs and symptoms that you may have are:
Hypertension (high blood pressure)
Endocarditis (heart valve infection)
Kidney and liver cysts
Organs throughout your body may be affected
Shortness of breath, especially during any kind of exertion
Fainting or dizziness
You or a loved one may be suffering with bicuspid aortic valve disease. This disease and/or complications resulting from it may be the reason for your disability and why you cannot work.
You may need help if this is true. You may 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 bicuspid aortic valve disease and/or complications resulting from it? You or your loved one may have already taken this step and been denied by the Social Security Administration?
If you or your loved one is planning on appealing the denial by the Social Security Administration, think about this carefully. People who are represented by a disability lawyer like the one you will find at Disability Case Review are approved more often than people who do not have a disability attorney on their side.
Please do not wait. Contact a disability lawyer today.