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Congenital and acquired heart conditions can be disabling

Heart disease and other heart-related illnesses can directly impact the quality of individuals’ lives and can prevent them from engaging in the activities they want and need to do to support their loved ones. While this post offers no medical or legal advice, it is offered to its Oklahoma readers to discuss some of the ways that heart conditions may avail sufferers to disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. After reading this post, individuals may wish to follow up with the own attorneys.

A heart illness or condition may be congenital or acquired. Congenital conditions are those that are genetic or a person is born with. An acquired condition is one that a person develops over time and is not inherent through their genetic make-up. Both types of heart conditions may arise to the level of disability.

For the purposes of disability benefits, heart conditions can also involve illnesses and disorders of the circulatory system. The circulatory system includes the veins and arteries that carry blood to and from the heart, as well as the lymphatic system. When these systems are affected the heart can experience stress and disease that may prevent it and its body from living a healthy life.

Cardiovascular diseases and disorders can affect many of the necessary functionalities of the human body. They may limit how much or how well a person can move, if they can breathe on their own and without assistance, and if they can maintain sufficient stamina to perform work duties for an employer. Disabilities based on heart diseases and illnesses can be serious and may avail sufferers to disability benefits.

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