Ischemic Heart Disease and Disability

Ischemic heart disease is a condition in which the heart cannot get enough oxygen and blood flow because of a cholesterol build-up in the heart’s arteries. It is also known as coronary artery disease, or “hardening of the arteries.” The condition of reduced blood supply is called ischemia, and it is most likely to appear in men, especially those who have close relatives with the disease.

Common symptoms include severe chest pain during exertion, consistent and milder chest pain during rest, difficulty breathing, heartburn, or, in more severe cases, harsher signs of heart failure. Those with the disease are not usually able to exercise at any length without an increasing of pain. Individuals who smoke are at a higher risk of getting the illness, and it also often appears in those with diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels.

The causes of ischemic heart disease vary. Sometimes it is passed on genetically, but often it is caused by lifestyle habits. This disease is the most common cause of death in most Western countries, but if it has been sparked by unhealthy choices, such as persistent smoking and poor diet, fatalities can be prevented by some simple, healthier changes in these habits.

However, there are cases where the disease cannot be halted and this can often lead the person to become unable to perform daily activities. If you are suffering from ischemic heart disease and would like to apply for Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability or Social Security disability benefits, call Nick Ortiz at 850-308-7833 for more information and assistance.