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Florida Chronic Heart Failure Eligible For Disability Benefits

Individual’s who suffer from Chronic, or Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) in South Florida, may be eligible for disability benefits. CHF is often fatal, causing debilitating effects to the heart and lungs. This lethal condition results when the heart does not efficiently pump oxygen rich blood to the body.

Often, the first Chronic Heart Failure Symptom is fatigue, which is hardly noticeable, and often dismissed by the patient. Additional symptoms include, edema, difficulty sleeping while lying down, increased urination at nighttime, nausea, abdominal pain, and shortness of breath.

If Chronic Heart Failure is left untreated, it will eventually affect every organ of the body. Often classified into four different categories, depending on the severity of the condition, medical prognosis is dependent on the individual’s ability to function in their daily routines. For example, Class III and IV include limitation to everyday activities, eventually causing more severe symptoms during restful periods. In this case, one may qualify for Social Security benefits in South Florida.

The Social Security Administration is looking for several things in evaluating a disability eligibility claim.

How CHF Patients Qualify for Disability Benefits

1. Objective Medical Symptoms Require:

  • Systolic Failure-Weak pumping strength, left ventricular end diastolic dimensions larger than 6 cm, ejection fraction less than 30% during stable periods.


  • Diastolic Failure-Stiffened heart muscle, left ventricular wall and interventricular septum 2.5 cm or larger, enlarged at least left atrium 4.5 cm, normal or elevated ejection fraction during stable periods.

2. Limited Functional Capacity Require 1 of the Following:

  • Within last 12 months, three or more episodes of heart failure and fluid retention requiring hospitalization for over 12 hrs.

  • Inability to Perform Exercise Tolerance Test because of: 1) fatigue, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, chest discomfort, or 2) inadequate oxygen to brain, or 3) ventricular tachycardia-rapid heartbeat with irregular heartbeats, or increasing frequency of irregular heartbeat, systolic pressure decrease

  • Inability to perform exercise test due to heart failure symptoms

3. Medical Records-Physical exam, blood work, multiple medical imaging, and history of frequent medical treatment.

To assist in the accuracy of your Social Security claim for Chronic Heart Failure, it is important to talk with an experienced South Florida Social Security disability attorney. Your attorney can help you prepare your paperwork to get the results you are looking for.

If you need assistance to file your claim for Social Security disability benefits, the Law Offices of David Benenfeld is here to help. For or a free legal consultation and book call today: 954-677-0155. Can’t Work? Maneuvering the Social Security Disability Claim’s Maze.

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