Essential hypertension, also known as primary hypertension, refers to high blood pressure that does not have an identifiable secondary cause. It develops slowly over the years and includes over 90% of all hypertensive cases. Another kind of hypertension is secondary hypertension; however, this has an identifiable cause. Some factors increase the risk of developing essential hypertension including diet, stress, obesity, and minimal physical activity. Often, people do not notice any signs but usually discover their blood pressure is high during a random medical checkup. Doctors usually diagnose the condition by checking the blood pressure of the patient using a blood pressure monitor. If your result shows your blood pressure is high, you may be asked to check your blood pressure at home (with a blood pressure monitor) at regular intervals. The average blood pressure readings taken at different intervals provides information about the severity of your condition. Your doctor may also have to conduct several physical exams to check for signs of other conditions like heart or kidney disease. You may also have to undergo tests like echocardiogram, electrocardiogram, cholesterol tests among others. Complications associated with essential hypertension include kidney damage, eye damage, stroke, heart attack, heart failure, atherosclerosis. Although there is no cure for essential hypertension, lifestyle changes, dietary changes and medications can help to manage symptoms and improve the quality of living.
Getting disability benefits for Essential hypertension
If you have been diagnosed with hypertension and experience difficulties performing work-related activities, you may want to apply for social security benefits. Unfortunately, more recently, it is less likely to receive benefits for high blood pressure because improved treatments are helping people live better lives with fewer symptoms. Before the SSA gives you benefit it will consider how your symptoms affect your ability to work and carry out daily activities. Because high blood pressure can cause organ damage (kidney, heart, brain), you may be able to qualify for disability benefits based on that damage. Providing evidence of hypertension diagnosis alone cannot qualify you for benefits. The SSA requires that you submit records of all blood pressure readings, tests, and treatments you may have received over time. You should also submit evidence of any condition that further impacts your ability to work. After providing all these information, the SSA may assign you a Residual Functional Capacity to determine if you are capable of some level of exertion. Depending on your medical and nonmedical information, the SSA will determine whether or not you possess the abilities to carry out even the lightest work-related activity. It advisable to work in tandem with your treating physician and disability lawyer to get the best documentation possible as good documentation is key to winning any benefits with the SSA. Once the SSA makes a decision, you will receive a notification. If for some reason your claim does not get approval you can still appeal the decision by requesting for reconsideration. You can still go on to request a hearing if the outcome is negative.