Mitral Stenosis and Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits
Your heart is the very center of your cardiovascular system. Your heart pumps blood by means of your bodys blood vessels to all of the cells in your body. Your blood has oxygen that your cells have to have to live and function properly. Heart disease is a broad medical term that is used for a group of diseases that take place when your heart and blood vessels are not working like they should.
Your mitral valve is also called the bicuspid valve or left atrioventricular valve. It is a dual-flap valve that separates your lower (ventricle) and upper (atrium) chambers of the left side of your heart. Your mitral valve is responsible for controlling blood flow from your left atrium into your left ventricle.
Mitral stenosis is a disease that is marked by your hearts mitral valve becoming narrowed (stenotic). It becomes stiff or scarred, or the flaps are partially joined together. The causes your mitral valve to not open the way that it ought to. This hinders the flow of blood through your heart, as well as the rest of your body.
The incidence of mitral stenosis has decreased due to the fact that the incidence of rheumatic fever has decreased. Rheumatic fever is the most common cause of mitral stenosis. Somewhere around 40% of people with rheumatic fever are affected by mitral stenosis.
Mitral stenosis affects women for more often than men. In fact, two-thirds of the people with this disease are women.
As stated earlier, rheumatic fever is the number one cause of mitral stenosis. There are other things that can also cause this disease. These include:
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Mitral stenosis may not cause any signs or symptoms or only extremely light ones for decades. Then, this disease can suddenly get much worse. Possible signs and symptoms that you may experience are:
- Excessive calcium deposits
- Tumors or growths
- Radiation treatment to your chest
- Certain medications
- Blood clots
- Congenital heart defects.
You or a loved one may have mitral stenosis. Mitral stenosis and/or complications that have arisen from it or other conditions that you have in addition to this disease may have brought about you or your loved ones disability and inability to work.
- Swollen feet or ankles
- Feeling tired or weak
- Frequent respiratory infections like bronchitis
- Heart palpitations (sensations of fluttering, rapid heartbeat)
- Fatigue that comes especially during periods of increased activity
- Occasionally, chest discomfort or pain
- Shortness of breath that occurs especially when you lie down or exert yourself
- Heavy coughing that can occur with blood-tinged sputum.