Is Mitral Valve Regurgitation A Disability?

Yes, mitral valve prolapse and its adverse effect in the form of mitral valve regurgitation categorize in the disability depending on one’s health condition and the severity of symptoms. However, a patient has to fulfill key requirements (mention the disease symptoms or prove the inability to do any work) as per the heart problems listings to get disability benefits for regurgitation from the Social Security Authority.

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Obtaining Disability Benefits for Valvular Heart Disease

Valvular Heart Disease Disability Approval as Per Medical Conditions and Their Severity

Once you fulfill the basic requirements related to disability due to mitral valve regurgitation or valvular heart disease, Social Security will check your conditions to approve for the disability benefits automatically based on various disability listings. Here, listings include severity of one’s medical conditions, based on which Social Security decide to approve disability automatically. However, an individual has to prove that his/her disease meets each of the criteria mentioned in the listing even when the medication condition or its severity has remained in the list. It is also recommended to get a disability lawyer so that you will get the best chance for disability.

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Social Security Evaluate Valvular Heart Disease As Per Symptoms

Even though Social Security does not contain any specific listing to justify or approve VHD (Valvular Heart Disease), there are various number listings, under which it evaluates the VHD i.e. in accordance to the symptoms you experience combined with your specific illness. These include-

  • Symptomatic type of congenital heart disease with listing as 4.06
  • Chronic heart failure with listing as 4.02
  • Recurrent arrhythmias with listing as 4.05
  • Ischemic heart disease with listing 4.04

However, before you should choose any of the symptoms and illness categories, you should discuss with your cardiologist to get detailed review about your heart problem to qualify.

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Mitral Valve Prolapse And Regurgitation- Valvular Heart Disease Condition To Get Disability Benefits

Mitral valve prolapsed implies a heart condition, in which valves present between the heart chambers fail to close in a right way. Mitral valve displacement associated with VHD thus results in severe problems, including mitral valve regurgitation. Furthermore, in some cases, it results in cardiac arrest. If you want to win your claim for your mitral valve prolapse and mitral valve regurgitation, you have to prove that you have so severe symptoms that you are unable to do even a sitting type of job.

As discussed here, Social Security Authority and Social Security Disability authority officials have a specific listing for impairment associated with abnormalities of heart valve. However, the authority evaluates you to claim your disability any one among the listings related to heart problems depending solely on the symptoms you experience.

Types Of Disability Benefits

Granted Disability Benefits- In case the Social Security Authority finds that your symptoms of mitral valve prolapse and regurgitations, along with the limitations are similar to the ones mentioned in its listings, as similar to aortic aneurysm problem, you will obtain a granted disability benefits.

Medical Vocational Allowance- On the other side, if you are a patient of mitral valve prolapse and your problem reaches to severity in the form of mitral valve regurgitation, you have to prove that your limitations rule out your ability to involve any type of job or work to earn your living. Thus, in case, you will receive disability benefits from SSA via medical vocational allowance.

Properly working valves of a human heart allow smooth flow of blood from and to the heart. However, in case any valve, especially the mitral valve suffers damage or fails to open enough and causes leakage i.e. mitral valve regurgitation, you suffers from valvular heart problem and thereby, your heart valve fails to develop properly.

Common symptoms of mitral valve regurgitation include fatigue, heart murmur and breathing shortness at the time of your exertion, swelling in your stomach, feet, angles and neck veins. Treatment of the problem depends on the valve suffers damage and major reason behind your problem. In some cases, you may become fine absolutely with medicines, while in other cases, you have to undergo with mentioned surgical procedures.

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Pramod Kerkar

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: February 13, 2019

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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