February is American Heart Month, aimed at raising healthy habits while increasing the awareness of heart disease.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), every year, about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack. In addition, about 600,000 people die from heart disease in the United States each year, which is about one in every four deaths.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Aside from death, many people who live through heart attacks are left with debilitating disabilities. According to the CDC, heart disease occurs when a substance called plaque builds up in the arteries that supply blood to the heart. This can lead to angina, heart failure and arrhythmias.
The CDC estimates that heart disease and strokes cost the U.S. $312.6 billion every year in health care services, medications and lost productivity.
According to the CDC, you can reduce your chances of having a heart attack or heart disease by doing the following:
- Eating a healthy diet
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Exercising regularly
- Monitoring your blood pressure
- Limiting alcohol consumption and avoiding smoking
- Managing diabetes, if required
- Taking prescribed medication
I Have Heart Disease. Do I Qualify for Disability Benefits?
If you have heart problems, you may have to show your documented medical history, including surgeries, stress test results and any imaging results in order to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. In most cases, only people with severe heart conditions who suffer from chest pain or take prescription medications are likely to qualify for SSDI benefits, although you may appeal a denial.
If you have questions about an SSDI application, we suggest you visit our Social Security FAQ page. Do not hesitate to contact our Tulsa Social Security disability lawyers for a free consultation. You may also reach us by phone at (918) 587-0050.
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Troutman Touts: In order to help prevent heart disease and obesity, adults should have at least five servings of fruit and vegetables each day.