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Understanding the risks and symptoms of heart disease

Understanding the risks and symptoms of heart disease

| Oct 7, 2015 | Social Security Disability Benefits for Illnesses |

The Social Security Administration’s Social Security Disability Insurance program, or SSDI, provides financial relief to Americans suffering from illnesses, injuries and mental conditions that prohibit them from seeking gainful employment. Among one of the more serious illnesses suffered by people in New Jersey and elsewhere around the country is heart disease, which is covered by the SSDI program.

According to the United States Department of Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 610,000 Americans die from heart disease every year. This accounts for one in four deaths in the U.S. It is the leading cause of death, and the disease does not discriminate. It affects both men and women, and is the leading cause of death among whites, African Americans and Hispanics. In addition, heart disease ranks as the second highest cause of death for American Indians, Alaskan natives, Asians and Pacific Islanders.

Although no one can ever fully protect themselves against heart disease, there are a few factors that dramatically increase the likelihood of developing heart disease. It is estimated that as many as 47 percent of Americans have at least one of these factors, which increase the risks of heart disease: being overweight or obese, having diabetes, a poor diet, a lack of physical activity and smoking and alcohol abuse.

It is important for everyone’s well-being that they understand some of the symptoms or signs of a heart attack. According to a survey from 2005, 92 percent of people who suffered from a heart attack recognized chest pains as a major sign. Other signs and symptoms include pain or discomfort in the chest or upper body, including the back, stomach, arms, neck and jaw; a shortness of breath; nausea; lightheadedness and cold sweats. If someone encounter any of these medical conditions, early action is essential. When emergency treatment is taken quickly, victims have a far higher chance of survival.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Heart Disease Facts,” Accessed Oct. 5, 2015