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Congestive Heart Failure

Congestive Heart Failure

Congestive Heart Failure (also referred to as Heart Failure and Chronic Heart Failure) is a disease characterized by the inability of the heart to pump enough blood to effectively meet the needs of the body, or can only do so under increasing strain and pressure on the heart; consequently, the blood is not able to move easily through the circulatory system. The heart's ability to pump blood may be impaired by a variety of causes such as a heart attack or poorly controlled high blood pressure. The failure of the ventricles to pump blood efficiently results in blood accumulating in the heart, and enlargement of the ventricles. A person often will not have any chest pain associated with this condition.

According to the American Heart Association, 5.1 million Americans suffer from heart failure, with 660,000 new cases diagnosed yearly. Nationally, treatment for Chronic Heart Failure exceeds $32 billion annually.

Heart failure is responsible for 11 million physician visits each year, and more hospitalizations than all forms of cancer combined; and more than half of those who develop CHF die within 5 years of diagnosis.

The Social Security Administration lists recurrent congestive heart failure as a condition which can be disabling when the symptoms interferes with the person's ability to engage in sustained work activity. Listing 4.02 in the Code of Federal Regulations lays out in specifics the impairments which a sufferer has to have in order to qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits for this condition; however, if you do not "meet or equal" this listing, you may still be entitled to disability benefits if your condition, in conjunction with any other physical or mental impairment, prevents you from returning to work you have done in the past and other substantial work you might be qualified to perform given your age, education and acquired work skills.

If you live in Alabama, you have been denied Social Security Disability benefits and/or SSI benefits and you have questions about your rights, please do not hesitate to call and talk to one of the experienced Alabama Disability Attorneys Powell and Denny today.

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