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What is Chronic Heart Failure?

Definition of Chronic Heart Failure

Heart failure means that the heart's pumping power is weaker than normal. With heart failure, blood moves through the heart and body at a slower rate, and pressure in the heart increases. As a result, the heart cannot pump enough oxygen and nutrients to meet the body's needs. The chambers of the heart respond by stretching to hold more blood to pump through the body. This helps to keep the blood moving, but in time, the heart muscle walls weaken and are unable to pump as strongly. If signs or symptoms after treatment remain in place an individual has chronic heart failure. In order to qualify the Social Security Administration (SSA) is requiring some proof of vascular congestion that has been documented at some time. In regard to children they must show the same signs of vascular congestion at some point in their medical history. However children's growth tends to be affected because of this congenital heart disease.

For this condition to be severe enough to meet the Social Security Administration's listing the claimant must have:

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