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The basics of cardiovascular diseases

The heart is one of the most important organs in the human body, providing blood flow throughout the body. On average and under normal conditions, the heart beats between 60 and 100 times per minute, and as much as 100,000 times per day. It should go without saying that when there are issues with the heart, it can lead to serious, catastrophic or even deadly results to the victim.

There are several cardiovascular illnesses that could lead to serious or even life-long disabilities, including but not limited to abnormal heart rhythms or arrhythmias, congenital heart disease, heart muscle disease, also known as cardiomyopathy, pericardial disease, aorta disease and Marfan syndrome and vascular disease or blood vessel disease.

One of the most common cardiovascular diseases is heart failure, which does not necessarily mean total failure of the heart, but rather a heart not fully functioning. Heart failure affects as many as 5 million Americans, with over 500,000 new cases each year. Heart failure is also the leading cause of hospital visits for Americans over the age of 65. If you are living with a serious illness such as heart disease, you may want to speak with a law firm familiar with Social Security disability benefits to learn how to proceed.

While living with a serious illness such as heart disease, you may find it difficult to even fulfill basic tasks. The application process for Social Security Disability benefits can prove to be difficult for many, especially while a victim is living with a disability. You may find it in your best interests to find an Oklahoma City law firm that handles Social Security disability benefits for illness for assistance.

Source: WebMD, "Heart and Cardiovascular Diseases," accessed on July 17, 2017

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