Myocardial Infarction and Receiving Social Security Disability
About 1 million people suffer myocardial infarction each year in the United States. Approximately 400,000 of these people die from myocardial infarction. This means that about 60% of the people that have myocardial infarction survive.
Myocardial infarction occurs when the blood supply to part of your heart muscle, the myocardium, is severely stopped or reduced. The result is that damage or infarction (death) may occur to your heart muscle tissue.
Muscle cells can suffer permanent injury and die if the blood supply is cut off for more than a few minutes. This can kill you or bring about disability, depending on the extent to which your heart muscle is damaged.
Myocardial infarction is usually caused by a blockage of your coronary arteries that usually results from the accumulation of plaque (deposits of fat-like substances). This is a process that is known as atherosclerosis. This plaque can eventually burst, rupture or tear. This creates a snag where a blood clot forms. This blocks an artery, which can lead to myocardial infarction.
Another possible cause of myocardial infarction is a coronary artery that temporarily contracts or goes into spasm. When this takes place, your artery narrows. This causes blood flow to part of your heart muscle to be decreased or stopped.
There are signs and symptoms that you need to know and be conscious of that may be indications of an approaching myocardial infarction. Some of these are:
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The signs and symptoms listed above may apply to both men and women. However, women may experience signs and symptoms that are less noticeable or different than those in men. Some of these may include:
- An impending sense of doom
- Shortness of breath
- Prolonged pain in your upper abdomen
- Increasing episodes of chest pain
- Pressure, fullness or a squeezing pain in the center of your chest that lasts for more than a few minutes
- Pain that goes beyond your chest, to your arm, shoulder, back, jaw or teeth
- Nausea or vomiting.
You or a loved one may have survived myocardial infarction. However, myocardial infarction and/or complications that have resulted from it or other ailments that you have in addition to this disorder may have brought about the disability of you or your loved one and be what is preventing you from being able to work.
You may need assistance if this is your situation. You may need financial help.
You or your loved one may be intending to apply for the financial assistance that you need from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability that has developed from myocardial infarction and/or complications that have been caused by it or other ailments that you have in addition to this disorder. You may have already done this and been turned down by the Social Security Administration.
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- Abdominal pain or heartburn
- Unexplained or unusual fatigue
- Lightheadedness or dizziness
- Clammy skin.