The Sullivan Law Office focuses on the fact that every application for social security benefits is unique to the individual. The Sullivan Law Office may provide valuable assistance during the long and sometimes stressful gathering of personal information and medical evidence involved in the application process. Applicants should understand every necessary detail before they file an application and the Social Security Administration (SSA) determines eligibility. The assistance of an experienced and knowledgeable disability attorney may, therefore, be crucial to the approval of an application for disability benefits.

Congestive Heart Failure’s (CHF) symptoms include fatigue, dizziness, weakness, heart palpitations, and shortness of breath. Its treatment typically involves plenty of rest and a healthy and appropriate diet. Usually, when an individual suffers from congestive heart failure, he or she must adapt their daily activities to the disease’s effects. Medication used to treat congestive heart failure includes beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, digitalis, vasodilators, and diuretics.

Over time, valvular and pericardial disease, cardiomyopathy, as well as most forms of heart disease result in an enlarged heart and congestive heart failure, the latter may develop over a period of years or even months. Other causes of congestive heart failure include coronary artery disease, congenital heart defects, poorly treated hypertension or high blood pressure, endocarditis, myocarditis, and prior heart attack(s).

The SSA’s Blue Book evaluates congestive heart failure under its listing for chronic heart failure, which is severe continuing heart failure despite medication. A medical record for CHF must show the following evidence of either systolic or diastolic heart failure.

Systolic failure takes place when the heart’s pumping strength is weakened, which may be shown by one of the following: First, a percentage of blood pumped out of the heart with each heartbeat (ejection fraction) is 30% or less during a period of stability; or second, the heart’s left ventricular end diastolic dimensions are larger than 6.0 cm.

Diastolic failure occurs when the heart is unable to fill properly. Proof must be shown by all of the following: First, a thickness of the left ventricular wall and interventricular septum of 2.5 cm or larger on imaging; second, an enlarged left atrium 4.5 cm or larger, and third, normal or elevated ejection fraction during a period of stability. An episode of acute heart failure is not a period of stability.

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