One of the most common health problems in America today is hypertension, or high blood pressure. We know this all too well, as we see clients day in and day out asking for our help because they’re unable to work because of it. It’s very unfortunate to see this condition get to a point like that, but we understand that sometimes it cannot be avoided.
First, some basic information about high blood pressure will be discussed. Doctors measure blood pressure in millimeters of mercury, as stated by the U.S. Library of Medicine. It’s measured in 2 numbers, one that tracks systolic pressure, or the pressure made when the heart beats, and diastolic pressure, which is the pressure inside the blood vessels when the heart is resting. Someone with a measurement above 140 (systolic) over 90 (diastolic) is considered to have high blood pressure.
Although diet and other contributing factors can cause hypertension, sometimes there is no known cause. This is known as essential hypertension, as opposed to secondary hypertension, which is the result of poor diet, kidney damage, stress, diabetes, etc. There are a lot of conditions that can contribute or second-handedly cause hypertension, which can make it a complicated condition for many people to deal with. Granted, we understand that this is the case for most patients, but having hypertension, like any disorder, can be overcome. What makes it complicated, however, is that there are often no obvious symptoms. Fatigue, headaches, confusion, chest pains, or a buzzing noise in the ear have been reported as symptoms to look for, but shouldn’t be assumed as symptoms of hypertension.
This condition’s treatment is usually simple. It’s a choice on your doctor’s behalf of either taking certain medicines, or following a healthier lifestyle, usually both. For those that have unfortunately contracted this disease without a known cause, alpha-blockers, diuretics, and other medicines are probably going to be the right treatment for you. But, if high blood pressure is caused by the patient indirectly, a doctor will perhaps set up a healthier diet or exercise program for you. Either way, the treatment is very successful in a lot of patients, and we have seen evidence of this in a lot of our clients from past cases.
Social Security defines “work” as an eight hour a day, five-day week endeavor. As in most Social Security Disability claims, the judge’s decision really boils down to whether or not he or she believes that you can perform the basic functions of work (concentrating, interacting appropriately with people encountered in the workplace, etc.). The fact that a claimant can only perform these basic functions sporadically, but not consistently, is the basis for the large majority of successful Social Security Disability claims.
We have represented many people with this disorder; what we have found is that clients who are unable to work and who participate in their care by following their doctors’ orders, and who are truly trying to get better but just cannot are usually successful in their claim for Social Security disability benefits.
You very well may know about the troubles hypertension can cause. But, we know the full set of issues that potentially lie ahead when someone’s blood pressure really needs attention. We’ve been there before, and we know how troubling it can get. That’s why we want you to call us if you or someone you know has this condition and cannot work.
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