What Every Social Security Disability Applicant Needs To Know About Cardiac Arrhythmia
Cardiac arrhythmia is a term for abnormal electrical activity of your heart which is diagnosed based on a physical examination and electric diagnostic studies.
Your doctor will diagnose cardiac arrhythmia by feeling for your pulses or listening to your heart through a stethoscope. The easiest diagnostic test isn’t electrocardiogram (EKG) to detect arrhythmias that can happen throughout the day and night.
How Does the Social Security Administration View Cardiac Arrhythmia Claims?
The social security administration uses a five-step sequential evaluation and, step three determines whether or not your cardiac arrhythmia meets section 4.05 listing of impairments. This listing deals with recurrent arrhythmias that aren’t related to reversible causes. You must have the following:
– Diagnostic studies confirming diagnoses of the cardiac arrhythmia
– Uncontrolled repeated episodes of cardiac syncope or near syncope despite prescribed treatments, which is documented by resting or Holter EKG
– Next, the resting or Holter EKG must document the occurrence of the scope or near syncope
– You must meet every element of the listing to be awarded benefits based on a listing section 4.05.
What happens if I don’t meet a listing?
Don’t give up! If you don’t meet a listing, you have to establish, at step four, that you cannot return to the lightest job you’ve held in the fifteen years before you became disabled and, at step five, there are medical and vocational factors that prevent you from being employed.
It is crucial that your physician complete whats called a Cardiac Residual Functional Form. The social security administration will never tell you or your doctor about these forms. These forms are crucial because they will document the following:
– The extent of your disease, your progress.
– The results of your treatment
– The physical and psychological side effects, or problems you have
– The side effects of the medication you are taking for your cardiac condition
– The effect that stress has on your cardiac arrhythmia
– You need to take breaks
– Your need to elevate your legs
– The frequency with which you will be absent
– The frequency with which your cardiac arrhythmia would prevent you from going to work on a regular basis
What should I do if my cardiac arrhythmia disability claim has been denied?
It is time for you to contact Cardiac Arrhythmia Social Security Disability Attorney Nancy Cavey, who can help you get the disability benefits you deserve. Don’t delay, call today at 727-894-3188 for a complimentary consultation.