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Heart-Related Medical Devices Not Adequately Tested on Women

Posted on February 15, 2016 by Disability Help Group

When a cardiovascular condition prevents you from working for a lengthy period of time, you may be entitled to receive long-term disability benefits. Cardiovascular disease affects a significant number of women in the United States.

The Doctor’s Lounge reports that heart-related devices are not being adequately tested on women. This comes on the heels of concerns that have already been raised regarding the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) lack of oversight on approved medical devices.

Researchers now contend that the FDA is approving heart-related medical devices such as defibrillators, stents and heart valves without ensuring that quality testing is done on women.

The issue being raised is that heart-related medical devices may not have the same benefits or be as safe in women as they are in men. Side effects, size differences and tendency to bleed are all considerations that should be taken into account as they may differ between men and women.

Although manufacturers of heart-related medical devices are supposed to test the same number of men and women, research shows that studies don’t always follow this guideline. This has resulted in sometimes significant under representation of women.

Researchers hope to see stricter guidelines put in place in order to ensure women’s unique needs are taken into consideration when considering the safety and effectiveness of heart-related medical devices.

A long-term disability representative can talk to you about how your debilitating cardiovascular condition may qualify you for disability benefits.

Long-term disability benefits may be available to those who have purchased a disability plan from a private insurer or have coverage through an employer. Unfortunately, the insurers don’t make it easy for the disabled to get access to the benefits they deserve. When a severe medical condition makes it impossible for you to work and you’ve been denied your long-term disability benefits, a representative from Disability Help Group can help you to cut through the red tape and fight for your benefits, no matter where you live in the U.S! Contact a South Florida disability representative today – 1-(800)-800-3332.