Dilated Cardiomyopathy and Receiving Social Security Disability
The center of your cardiovascular system is your heart. Your heart pumps blood through your bodys blood vessels to all of your cells. Your blood delivers oxygen that your cells have to have.
Cardiomyopathy literally means heart muscle disease. Cardiomyopathy is the deterioration of the function of your actual heart muscle (myocardium). This medical condition impairs your hearts ability to pump blood.
Dilated cardiomyopathy is the most common form of this disease. It occurs when your hearts main pumping chamber becomes dilated (enlarged), and its pumping ability becomes impaired.
Anyone at any age can be affected by dilated cardiomyopathy. This includes children and infants. However, it is most common in middle age.
Dilated cardiomyopathy is caused by the failure of your left ventricle, which is your hearts main pumping chamber, to pump blood like a healthy heart does. What causes this to happen is not known in many cases. On the other hand, there are several things that can cause dilated cardiomyopathy. Some of these are:
Cocaine or alcohol abuse
A family history of cardiomyopathy
Autoimmune illnesses that affect your heart like rheumatoid arthritis
Coronary artery disease
Trace elements like arsenic, mercury or lead
Inherited disorders like muscular dystrophy
Hypertension (high blood pressure) that is not controlled
Infections that affect your heart muscle, such as Lyme disease or Chagas disease
Heart rhythm difficulties like tachycardia or atrial fibrillation.
At first, you may not experience any signs or symptoms with dilated cardiomyopathy. Eventually, when this disease causes cardiac arrhythmias or heart failure you will probably have signs and symptoms. These may include:
Ascites (swelling of your abdomen)
Nausea and lack of appetite
Palpitations (the sensation of fluttering, pounding or rapid heartbeats)
Weakness and fatigue
Wheezing or coughing that is ongoing
Decrease in alertness or problems with concentration
Dyspnea (shortness of breath) when you are lying down or active
Sudden weight gain from retaining fluid
Edema (swelling) in your feet, ankles and legs
Dizziness, fainting or lightheadedness
A reduction in your ability to exercise
A failure to thrive in children
Nocturia (increase in urination at night).
You or a loved one may have dilated cardiomyopathy. This disease and/or complications resulting from it may be why you are disabled and in need of financial help.
You or your loved one may have applied for financial assistance from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by dilated cardiomyopathy and/or complications resulting from it. Were you denied?
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