November 22, 2019

What is heart disease?

“Heart Disease” is an umbrella term referring to a variety of diseases that affect the heart. Also called cardiovascular disease, it is the leading cause of death in the United States and the world.

The cardiac muscle, or the myocardium, of the heart depends on a constant flow of blood. This blood is supplied by the coronary arteries. If the blood supply is restricted, then the heart muscle cannot get the vital oxygen and nutrients it needs to survive. This restriction of blood flow to the myocardium can result in Coronary Artery Disease (CAD).

CAD includes:

  • Atherosclerosis: the narrowing or stiffening of arteries due to fatty deposits.
  • Angina: chest pains caused by exertion; a sign that the heart is not receiving enough blood.
  • Heart Attack: due to a blockage in an artery, a part of the myocardium is deprived of blood, therefore oxygen.

other types of heart disease include:

  • congenital heart disease
  • congestive heart failure
  • aneurysm
  • chronic venous insufficiency
  • recurrent arrhythmias

When a person suffers from a serious cardiac conditions, he may experience a number of symptoms which will limit his capacity to work.   Symptoms that are likely to impact work include:

  • loss of physical energy, strength and stamina
  • fatigue
  • chest pain
  • shortness of breath
  • drowsiness resulting from medications used to treat symptoms
  • anxiety and nervousness resulting from heart palpitations

Many people will be diagnosed with mild heart disease as they get older.   Social Security will approve claimants whose medical records document a level of disease that would preclude even a simple, entry-level, “warm body” type of job.

If you think that your condition has reached this level, please contact us using the form on the right side of this page.