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Heart Muscle Disease and Receiving Social Security Disability

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Your heart is obviously one of the most important, if not the most important, organs in your body. In order for your cells to live and work like they ought to, they have to have the oxygen that is in your blood. Your heart is the organ that pumps your blood to all of your cells. Heart muscle disease is the layman’s term for cardiomyopathy. Heart muscle disease has to do with the deterioration of the working of your myocardium (your actual heart muscle). This medical disease hinders your heart’s capacity to pump blood. There are three major forms of heart muscle disease. They are: ?  Restrictive heart muscle disease - This type of heart muscle disease is characterized by your heart muscle becoming less elastic and rigid. This interferes with the expansion and filling of your heart’s ventricles with blood between heartbeats or contractions. ?  Hypertrophic heart muscle disease - This form of heart muscle disease is evidenced by abnormal thickening or growth of your heart muscle. This is especially true in regard to the muscle of your left ventricle. This leads to your heart becoming stiff, and the size of your pumping chamber may shrink. This interferes with your heart’s capacity to pump blood. ?  Dilated heart muscle disease - This kind of heart muscle disease is marked by your heart’s main pumping chamber becoming enlarged (dilated), and its pumping ability becoming hindered. Dilated heart muscle disease is the first and most common form of heart muscle disease. The cause of your heart muscle disease has to do with the kind of heart muscle disease that you have. If you have hypertrophic or dilated heart muscle disease, it may result from your family history or heredity. The cause of restrictive heart muscle disease may not be determined, or it can be caused by other diseases in your body that involve your heart. In most cases of heart muscle disease, the cause is unknown. However, there are some conditions that may contribute to or result in the development of heart muscle disease. Some of these include: ?  The use of chemotherapy drugs to treat cancer ?  Sustained hypertension (high blood pressure) ?  A chronic rapid heart rate ?  Metabolic disorders, such as thyroid disease or diabetes ?  Heart valve difficulties ?  Pregnancy ?  Certain viral infections that may hurt your heart ?  The excessive use of alcohol over many years. Some people do not have any signs or symptoms in the early stages of heart muscle disease.  Signs and symptoms usually develop as heart muscle disease advances. When heart muscle disease does produce signs and symptoms, they are similar to those of congestive heart failure. Some of these are: ?  Fatigue ?  Irregular heart rhythm ?  Swelling of your lower extremities ?  Distention of your abdomen with fluid ?  Fainting, lightheadedness and dizziness ?  Breathlessness that takes place with exertion or even during rest. The signs and symptoms of heart muscle disease usually get worse as time passes. For some people this deterioration increases quickly. Others get to a plateau and remain stable for a long time. In some cases, heart muscle disease may actually improve. Are you incapacitated and cannot work as a result of heart muscle disease and/or complications that have been brought about by it or other underlying conditions that you have along with this disease? As a result of your disability, are you looking for financial aid? Have you put in a claim for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits from the Social Security Administration? Has the Social Security Administration denied your claim? If you consider reapplying or appealing your denial, you really need the lawyer at to be in your corner. The lawyer at is capable of enabling you to receive the disability benefits that you deserve. Do not hesitate. Contact, today.
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