Congestive Heart Failure

Congestive heart failure or chronic heart failure is a serious cardiac condition in which the heart is pumping at poor levels. The Administration often looks at ejection fraction levels when assessing chronic heart failure. An ejection fraction ("EF") is the fraction of blood pumped out of a ventricle with each heart beat. While an EF of 70% is a normal output, the Administration looks for an EF of 30% or less for entitlement purposes. Often patients with congestive heart failure coupled with coronary artery disease will require stents and/or bypass grafts. If this is the case, the Social Security Administration will want a copy of these operative notes.

All Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income determinations are based on medical documentation. It is important that your condition and treatment is thoroughly documented in the form of medical records, laboratory testing, clinical evaluations, and narrative reports from your treating physicians. If you do not treat with a doctor, or your doctor is not supportive, your lawyer will not be able to prove your case, regardless of how sick you truly are. Our goal is that you, your doctors and our attorneys can form the winning team to ensure that your pursuit for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income benefits is successful.

At West Coast Disability Legal Center, our experienced attorneys guide people through each step of the Social Security Disability claims process. We can file your initial claim, appeal your claim to the reconsideration level if you are denied, request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, or appeal your case to the Appeals Council. To talk with us about your case, please call us at (800) 459-3017 to schedule a free consultation. You can also contact us online and one of our attorneys will get in touch with you. There is never a fee for our services unless we win your case.