Lefmaging (MRI), computerized tomography (CT) or by a nuclear medical scan.2
There are numerous symptoms that could notify a doctor to order one of these tests-including, but not limited to: shortness of breath, persistent coughing, a build-up of fluid (edema), fatigue, and/or chest pain.3 These symptoms also play an impact on a social security disability claim. For example, a person with shortness of breath may have difficulty walking long distances or have difficulty lifting. An administrative law judge analyzes a person’s case by reviewing all the medical data, which would include both a person’s symptoms and also the objective evidence (i.e. an echocardiogram).
In determining if a person is disabled, an administrative law judge reviews the “Listing of Impairments” and compares the medical evidence with the listings. For a person with a low left ventricular ejection fraction, the administrative law judge will compare the claimant’s percentage to what is discussed in the listings. The judge will review the listings under section 4.00: Cardiovascular System. In section 4.02 it discusses if a person has severe ejection fraction of 30% or lower and has one of three: persistent symptoms of heart failure, three or more separate episodes of acute congestive heart failure within 12 months, or an inability to perform a stress test at 5 METs or less due various reasons.4 If an administrative law judge finds that all criteria are met in the listing, a favorable decision is granted.