Heart disease hits citizens in the State of Florida hard. The Department of Health and Florida’s State Surgeon General, Ana Ros, have published results showing that heart disease has remained the leading cause of death in Florida for over 21 years.

While often preventable, heart conditions still continue to rob the lives of countless family members and loved ones. According to Florida’s research, certain behaviors make individuals more at risk than others.

Florida’s 7 At-Risk Behaviors for Cardiovascular Disease
Floridians who have heart disease also have at least one at-risk behavior listed below:

  1. Smoking. 20%
  2. Overweight. 36%
  3. Obese. 33%
  4. Diabetes. 27%
  5. High BP. 61%
  6. High Cholesterol. 37%
  7. Physically Inactive. 59%

What is Key to Surviving Heart Disease?

First, you must identify if you are likely a victim of heart disease. The key is not waiting until after you’ve had your first heart attack. Many falsely believe they will survive heart surgery and change their lifestyle afterwards.

How Do I Know if I’m Having a Heart Attack?

Classic heart attack signs include chest discomfort described as squeezing, pressure, pain, or fullness sometimes felt in the back, arms, neck, jaw, or stomach.  Shortness of breath is often experienced preceding a heart attack as well.
Atypical heart attack signs may include a mild discomfort, as opposed to the squeezing most people describe. Sometimes one thinks they have the flu, experiencing nausea, vomiting, or heartburn. Women are more likely to experience atypical symptoms than men.

Social Security Disability for Heart Disease?

More often than not, heart disease victims continue to work because they cannot afford to pay for the extensive costs related to their medical care. Working with a serious heart disease condition can easily become a vicious cycle, by which the disease actually worsens without proper opportunity to receive treatment, rest, and recovery.

Some people who suffer from heart disease don’t realize that they may qualify for Social Security benefits. It is vital that claimants seek expert advice from a qualified Broward County Social Security Attorney. Contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld for a free legal consultation to determine if you have a case. Call [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″].