Heart Disease: Healthy Diet Further Reduces Risk for Patients on Medication

Posted on February 15, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Heart disease can be a disabling condition, but according to a recent international study, combining a healthy diet with heart medications can further reduce the risk of death by 35 percent.

The four-and-a-half year study followed patients who suffer from heart disease and were on medication to treat their condition. Nearly 32,000 patients from 40 countries were reviewed. Patients suffered from various conditions such as hypertension and high cholesterol and were taking medications such as aspirin and statin drugs.

According to the researchers, a “healthy diet” was considered one where the patient reported eating regular servings of:

  • fruits;
  • vegetables;
  • whole grains;
  • nuts; and
  • fish.

Those on healthy diets also consumed less red meat and eggs, which are often considered off-limits to those with a history of heart problems.

Reducing Disabling Conditions through Diet

Medications can help control or reduce symptoms, but they are not an excuse to ignore diet and exercise that may naturally help improve disabling conditions. Patients who make lifestyle changes to help improve their health can often reduce or eliminate their dependency on medications.

According to Samantha Heller, a registered dietician at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York, 80 percent of cardiovascular disease can be prevented with a healthy diet and lifestyle changes. Watching your intake of saturated fats and sodium, and increasing fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and choosing low-fat proteins may help improve heart health.

Light cardio exercise such as walking, yoga, and swimming can help improve blood flow, respiration, and help with weight loss, too. Meanwhile, patients may also be advised to reduce risk factors like obesity, tobacco use and alcohol consumption.

Cardiovascular Diseases as Disabling Conditions According to SSA

The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers several cardiovascular diseases and episodes as disabling conditions. Cardiac episodes such as heart attacks and stroke can result in developing disabling conditions that may impair you from performing substantial gainful activity.

Some of the conditions included in the adult Listing of Impairments include:

  • chronic heart failure;
  • ischemic heart disease;
  • recurrent arrhythmias;
  • symptomatic congenital heart disease;
  • chronic venous insufficiency; and
  • peripheral arterial disease.

If you are filing an application for Social Security disability benefits for one of these disabling conditions you will need to provide evidence that one of these conditions impairs your ability to work and earn an income.

A Social Security disability representative in South Florida at Disability Help Group can help you through the application and approval process. Our dedicated disability claim staff and representatives can assess your case and explore your options for disability benefits when you or a loved one suffers from disabling conditions such as heart disease. Call today – 1-(800)-800-3332.