Contact Us

Contact Us Today for a FREE Case Evaluation

(800) 608-8881

Risk of heart disease rises in those who suffer from asthma

Suffering from asthma can be extremely frightening. One moment, you may be breathing perfectly; minutes later, you’re left gasping for breath, wondering if you’re going to pass out. This affects more than 23 million Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and in certain instances can be debilitating enough to obtain disability benefits from the Social Security Administration.

Adding to the horrors of asthma which already exist are studies that have come from the 2014 American Heart Association‘s Scientific Sessions, which found those who suffer from asthma may also have an increased risk of heart attack.

Assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, and one of the studies’ authors, Matthew C. Tattersall, found that patients with asthma are 60 percent more at risk for experiencing a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular risks.

In another study, this time authored by Young J. Juhn, M.D.,  a professor of pediatrics and adolescent medicine at the Mayo Clinic, found patients who have asthma are 70 percent more likely to have a heart attack.

Both of these studies go to show that asthma sufferers must frequently visit with their doctor to ensure the illness does not get out of hand. SSA disability benefits are available for extreme cases, but having baseline visits with a doctor will help treatment in the long run.

While many people are affected by asthma symptoms, those that have asthma and cannot work must prove their case through medical evidence. Pulmonary tests and physician office notes are critical in convincing the SSA that the claimants asthma symptoms are severe enough to grant benefits. Children are also affected by the limitations caused by asthma and have the ability to bring a claim for SSA disability benefits.

The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates have successfully represented numerous clients who suffer from asthma in obtaining their Social Security disability benefits. Our firm has substantial expertise in obtaining benefits for asthmatics who cannot work.

Gland injury during concussions may worsen PTSD for veterans

The horrors of war have left many U.S. veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. Many soldiers have been forced to turn to veterans benefits, treatment and more to get the help they need to cope with life after war after experiencing concussions from bomb blasts or extreme stress. A recent study from Saint Louis University found that some veterans may not suffer from a stress disorder, but hormonal irregularities from gland damage suffered during a concussion.

The university looked at brain scans from both civilians and military servicemembers, looking at patients with concussions and those with concussions and PTSD. In both, there were vast differences in metabolic activities of the pituitary gland.

Research leader Thomas Malone said higher metabolic activity in patients with both PTSD and concussions could be due to the gland working harder, likening it to having your car stuck in the snow but not being able to move when pressing the gas pedal.

Read more about this study on the Los Angeles Times website, but also be aware that options for treatment are available. The Department of Veterans Affairs has veterans benefits available for those suffering from PTSD, as this is a severe anxiety disorder that can have multiple harmful effects on health.

The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates has represented numerous veterans suffering from PTSD. It’s very important that the veteran seek treatment of PTSD as soon as they experience symptoms. The more medical evidence that is available to prove the claim, the better chance there is to obtain an earlier approval and higher rating for veterans benefits.