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Updated Recommendations for Patients with Atrial Fibrillation

Posted on February 18, 2016 by Disability Help Group

If you have been diagnosed with a severe cardiovascular disease, or any other serious medical condition that makes it impossible for you to work, you may be eligible to receive long-term disability benefits if you are currently covered under a long-term disability insurance policy.

The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology have updated recommendations for patients with atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is a condition where the heartbeat is irregular, posing the risk of the patient for suffering a stroke or heart attack. This condition affects approximately 2.2 million people in the United States.

Experts in cardiology are now pulling back on the management of this condition. At one time, treatment was necessary if a patient had a heart rate that was less than 80 beats per minute when resting. The updated recommendations are now 110 beats per minute.

This will allow patients to take less medication, which eliminates some of the side effects that are associated with them.

In addition, other changes in treatment include:

  • increasing the use of catheter ablation;
  • prescribing Plavix and aspirin for patients who can’t take Coumadin; and
  • replacing the drug amiodarone with dronedarone.

If you have questions about your eligibility for long-term disability benefits, consulting with a long-term disability representative is in your best interests. They can assist you with the application process or help if you have been denied benefits.

 Disability Help Group represent over 5000 disability claimants. Our long-term disability representatives have experience with cross examining medical and vocational experts and take time when speaking with you about your case. Contact us today at 1-(800)-800-3332 for a FREE consultation.