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Smokers Double the Risk of Developing Atrial Fibrillation

Posted on February 17, 2016 by Disability Help Group

In a report from Health Day, smokers have double the risk of developing atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is a condition where the heart rhythm is not normal. It can lead to serious health problems, including the increased risk of stroke. When cardiovascular conditions lead to disability, it may qualify an individual to receive long-term disability benefits.

Researchers analyzed data on more than 15,000 people who were between the ages of 45 and 64. They found that those who had been former smokers had an increased risk of atrial fibrillation that was 1.32 times higher in comparison to non-smokers; however, those who were current smokers had a risk 2 times higher.

Smoking is not the only risk factor for developing atrial fibrillation. Other risk factors include diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity. Every year in the United States there are about 160,000 new diagnosed cases of atrial fibrillation.

If you have been diagnosed with a severe medical condition that will require you to stop working for an extended period of time, then you may qualify to receive long-term disability benefits. To understand your rights or to appeal a claim that has been denied, you should seek legal counsel from a Plantation long-term disability representative.

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.