Supraventricular tachycardia is a heart condition that causes the heart to beat faster for a reason other than physical exertion or illness. While many people with the condition are able to lead normal lives with little or no symptoms, some people experience severe symptoms that limit their ability to work or care for themselves. These individuals have a long-term disability that may make them completely unable to work.
When a person is unable to work due to disability, the individual may be eligible to receive social security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits. These benefits are intended to help people pay for their necessities when they are unable to earn an income. While the insurance program is managed by the federal government, it is funded by paycheck deductions. People who have worked throughout their lives have paid into SSDI, and applying for benefits simply allows disabled individuals to access the insurance benefits that they have accrued over time.
What Is Supraventricular Tachycardia?
Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) is a disorder that is present when the electrical impulse in a person’s heart causes it to beat much faster than normal when they are not stressed, ill or exerting themselves physically. The heart beats at a rate between 100 and 300 times per minute when this condition is active. Episodes can end without medical intervention, but some people require treatment to get the heart to beat at a normal rate again.
Many people who suffer from SVT are not aware that they have the condition because of a lack of symptoms. Symptoms are usually present when SVT episodes are frequent and ongoing. Episodes can also last a long time, and a sustained rapid heartbeat will cause more symptoms to occur. These symptoms include heart palpitations, a pounding pulse, dizziness and a lightheaded feeling. People who have a more severe and ongoing case of SVT may experience fainting, chest pain, difficulty breathing, tightness in the throat and sweating during episodes.
People who take medications with stimulants in them are more likely to develop SVT. Treatment options include medication and vagal maneuvers. Vagal maneuvers like intentionally gagging or coughing may help to slow the heartbeat. Ongoing SVT episodes typically require the sufferer to take medication on a daily basis, and some sufferers undergo a procedure known as a catheter ablation in order to lessen the severity and frequency of episodes.
Can You Get Disability For Supraventricular Tachycardia?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a listing of recognized disabilities, and SVT is covered under the Adult – Cardiovascular listing. In order to qualify for SSDI benefits in relation to SVT, applicants must prove that they meet the eligibility requirements found under this listing.
The first step in the application process is to be diagnosed with a disability. Applicants must seek treatment from a licensed medical professional on a regular basis, and it is essential for this medical provider to record symptoms, treatment methods and complications.
SVT can be temporary in nature, and people who only have the condition for a short period of time are not eligible for SSDI benefits. Because of this requirement, it is necessary for an ongoing medical record to be established. This medical record provides evidence that the sufferer is expected to experience symptoms of SVT for at least one year.
In addition to these basic requirements, people who have disabilities related to the heart are usually required to undergo cardiovascular tests. These tests include an exercise tolerance test and various medical imaging tests. While these tests may be completed as part of the diagnosis and treatment process, there are times when an individual is ordered to schedule tests by the SSA in order to better prove that a disability makes it impossible for the person to work.
Getting Help From an Attorney
Navigating the complicated process of applying for SSDI benefits is stressful and often frustrating for the individual who needs these benefits to pay for housing, food and other necessities. Experienced legal professionals are able to assist with this process to increase the chances that a person will be approved for these much-needed benefits. SSDI attorneys have the experience and knowledge needed to advise their clients during the application process and assist with gathering evidence to submit with the final application.