What is Recurrent Arrhythmia?
An arrhythmia (alternatively called dysrhythmia) is a heartbeat that is irregular or abnormal. There are five different types of arrhythmias but can generally be categorized into two, which are:
Supraventricular arrhythmias: These are arrhythmias that originate in the atria (the upper chambers of the heart). “Supra” refers to the upper chambers of the heart.
“Ventricular” arrhythmias refers to the heart’s lower chambers, or ventricles.
Arrhythmias that originate in the ventricles (the heart’s lower chambers).
Arrhythmias can be “silent,” causing no symptoms. During an examination, a doctor can discover an irregular heartbeat by monitoring your pulse, listening to your heart, or doing diagnostic tests. If symptoms do arise, they may include the following:
- Palpitations: The sensation of missing heartbeats, fluttering, “flip-flops,” or the sensation that the heart is “running away”
- Chest pounding
- Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
- Discomfort in the chest
- Weakness or exhaustion (feeling very tired)
Arrhythmias can be triggered by the following:
- Disease of the coronary arteries
- Modifications to the cardiac muscle (cardiomyopathy)
- Valve malfunctions
- Disproportions of electrolytes in the blood, such as sodium or potassium
- Heart attack-related injury
- Following cardiac surgery, the healing process begins.
- Additional medical conditions
How are Arrhythmia’s Diagnosed?
Recurrent arrhythmia is listed in Section 4.00 Cardiovascular – Adult, of the guide for approved disabilities known as the “Blue Book.” Along with a diagnosis of recurrent arrhythmias, specific conditions must be met before benefits can be authorized. One such condition is the recurrence of cardiac syncope, which is defined as “a momentary loss of consciousness caused by a temporary decrease in blood supply to the brain,” even after receiving prescribed medication.
Because the illness can be precipitated by certain electrolyte abnormalities, digitalis glycoside, or drugs, specific test results and a complete treatment history will be reviewed when determining your eligibility for disability payments.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) requires documentation to support your claim, including the results of a complete physical examination, the results of any heart/cardiovascular tests performed, any medical imaging tests performed, and the results of an exercise tolerance test, if one was administered. All test results should be current, which normally means within the last twelve months.
The SSA may occasionally demand extra testing. If the SSA instructs you to undergo additional testing, be sure to keep all appointments on time or to reschedule immediately if you are unable to make a particular session.
Tips on Applying for SSDI Benefits Regarding Recurrent Arrhythmias
Even if you have a significant disorder such as Recurrent Arrhythmia, receiving Social Security Disability benefits is not a given. To be seen as eligible for benefits, you must demonstrate unequivocally that your condition precludes you from participating in any type of substantial gainful work. This category comprises employment that is strenuous, mild, and inactive.
Representation by a Social Security disability attorney who is familiar with the SSA’s application process will significantly boost your chances of receiving benefits from the SSA. Over 70% of the time, unrepresented claimants are refused benefits, at least during the initial claims procedure.
Although it is preferable to be represented from the start of your disability claim, if you submitted your claim on your own and were refused benefits, a Social Security disability lawyer can still assist you during the appeals process.
Consultation with a Social Security Disability attorney is free, as an attorney is compensated only if your claim is successful and you receive disability payments. When your claim is approved, your attorney will be compensated directly from a percentage of the back pay gifted to you by the Social Security Administration.
If you suffer from recurrent arrhythmia and would want to speak with a Social Security Disability attorney about applying for benefits, complete a free disability evaluation today.