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Congestive Heart Failure and Social Security Disability

Congestive heart failure - a serious condition that affects around six million Americans - leads to more hospital visits for people over 65 than any other condition.

While the term "heart failure" seems to imply that the heart simply stops working, what actually happens is that the heart exhibits less pumping power than normal, blood moves through the heart and body slower and there is more pressure in the heart. This causes you to not be able to get enough oxygen and nutrients throughout your body since your heart can't pump strongly enough.

In turn, your heart stretches to hold more blood to try to compensate, but then it can bcome weakened, stiff, and thickened over time. Ultimately, the kidneys often react by cuasing the body to retain water and salt, which can build up in the extremities, the lungs and other organs, leading to the body becoming congested.

Congestive heart failure is a condition that may qualify you for Social Security Disability or SSDI benefits. To qualify, the condition must make it impossible for you to do any phsycial activity and also cause symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, and persistent fatigue, even when you are resting. In addition, medical and imaging tests are also considered and have to meet certain thresholds for you to qualify.

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