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Fluid Around the Heart and Getting Social Security Disability

Will I be able to get Social Security Disability for fluid around the heart? You are probably asking this question because you have this condition, and it and/or complications resulting from this condition or other debilitating ailments that you have along with it have caused you to be disabled, unable to work and in need of financial assistance. social-security-disability-benefits Your pericardium is a double-walled sac containing your heart and the roots of your great vessels. These are the large vessels that bring blood to and from your heart. Two layers Your pericardium has two layers, a serous layer and a fibrous layer. It fixes your heart to the mediastinum (the central compartment of your thoracic cavity), gives protection from infection and provides the lubrication for your heart. Fluid around the heart is a condition in which there is an excessive amount of fluid between your heart and your pericardium. Because of the limited amount of space in your pericardial cavity, too much fluid leads to an increased intrapericardial pressure that negatively affects your heart’s function. Fluid around the heart may not cause any signs or symptoms. However, it can also be indicated by several different signs and symptoms. Some of these are: Rapid heart rate Fainting or dizziness Discomfort while breathing when lying down (orthopnea) Cough Muscle aches Low grade fever Overall sense of weakness or fatigue Chest fullness Dyspnea (difficulty breathing or shortness of breath) Chest pain that usually occurs behind your breastbone or on the left side of your chest Painful breathing that is distinctly noticeable when you are inhaling or lying down. In some instances, the cause of fluid around the heart is not known. Also, it is not clear how some diseases may play a part in bringing about this condition. However, there are some specific causes of fluid around the heart. Some of these include: Waste product in your blood resulting from kidney failure (uremia) Autoimmune ailments, such as arthritis or lupus Radiation treatment for cancer when your heart is in the field of radiation Chemotherapy treatment for cancer Trauma or a puncture wound close to your heart Cancer of your heart or pericardium Certain medications, such as phenytoin, isoniazid or hydralazine Idiopathic pericarditis (inflammation of your pericardium from unknown cause) Underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) Viral, parasitic, bacterial or fungal infections HIV/AIDS The spread of certain cancers, such as breast cancer, lung cancer, leukemia, Hodgkin’s disease or non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma Dressler’s syndrome (inflammation of the pericardium after heart surgery or a heart attack). Again you may have fluid around the heart. This condition and/or complications resulting from it or other debilitating ailments that you have along with it have caused you to be disabled, unable to work and in need of financial assistance. Have you applied for Social Security Disability from the Social Security Administration? Were you denied? Important fact If you are thinking about reapplying or appealing your denial, remember this important fact. People represented by a disability attorney like the one at, are approved more often than people without a disability attorney. The smart thing to do is to contact the disability attorney at, and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you. Article written by James Shugart Connect with James on Google+