Ejection Fraction

Social security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits are available to people who are unable to work due to a recognized, recorded disability. These benefits are only available to people who have worked in the past. The Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a book of a listings that outlines recognized disabilities and symptoms. Understanding how this book is used to determine SSDI benefit eligibility can help individuals successfully complete the application process.

What Is Ejection Fraction?

Ejection fraction refers to a measurement that is used when a medical professional is determining the health of the heart of a patient. Blood is pumped out of the heart with each contraction of the muscle. The percentage of blood that is pumped out of the ventricle during this movement should fall between 55 and 70 percent.

The results of an ejection fraction test show doctors how effective the heart is at pumping blood. The detection of a dysfunction during this test can indicate a significantly increased risk of heart failure. People who have an ejection fraction that falls below the normal range may have heart damage, high blood pressure or weakness in the heart.

Medical professionals typically require further testing if an ejection fraction measurement falls below the normal range. Additional testing helps to pinpoint the problem to allow the proper treatment to be administered.

Can You Get SSDI For Ejection Fraction?

While an ejection fraction below 55 percent does not automatically qualify an individual for SSDI benefits, the results of this test are evaluated when a person is applying for benefits due to heart failure. The SSA listing related to heart failure requires an ejection fraction that falls below 30 percent. While having a result under this number will make it more likely for a person to be approved for benefits, it does not mean that people with an ejection fraction between 30 and 55 percent will not qualify.

Applicants will need to prove that the condition that is causing their ejection fraction to be low is making it impossible for them to complete work tasks. A medical evaluation is used to show the SSA how the underlying condition limits the applicant’s abilities. The SSA requires that the applicant be unable to work in any position for which they are qualified. This means that applicants may be required to seek employment in a field in which they were employed in the past. The academic background and work history of the applicant will be used to determine whether a less physical position would allow the individual to earn an income despite the disability.

The most important part of the application involves supplying the SSA with medical records. The date of disability must be recorded by a licensed medical professional. Supporting evidence of this disability must be made available. This is why it is essential for disabled individuals to seek medical attention whenever they are experiencing symptoms or complications of their condition.

Getting Help From an Attorney

Applying for SSDI benefits is a lengthy process that requires individuals to gather detailed paperwork in order to provide evidence of their disability. Nearly 70 percent of all initial applications are denied. The most common reason for the denial of a valid claim is lack of evidence. People who need SSDI benefits to pay for their basic necessities may feel overwhelmed by the application process and worried about the possibility of being denied. This is why it is important to consult with a legal professional.

An SSDI attorney has the knowledge and experience needed to guide applicants through the SSDI benefit application process. A legal representative assists applicants with gathering the information needed to improve their chances of being approved for benefits. I have ten years of experience in social security cases and appeals, and am ready to fight for your benefits. Contact me today to get started on your case.

Ruth F. Kolb, Esquire has been practicing social security disability law since 2003 handling all levels of representation from initial claims through all stages of appeal.