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When Implantable Cardio-Verter Defibrillators Are Unnecessary

Posted on February 19, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Long-term disability benefits may be available if you suffer from a severe condition-such as a cardiovascular disease-that prevents you from continuing to work for an extended period of time. These benefits can help offset lost wages while you are undergoing treatment and recovery.

According to a report from CNN Health, a new study indicates that not all patients who receive an implantable cardio-verter defibrillator should (ICD). The ICD helps to prevent potentially life-threatening arrhythmias and regulates heartbeats electrically.

The study, conducted by Duke University researchers, analyzed more than 111,000 patients who had received the device between the years 2006 and 2009. Of those patients, more than 25,000 of them did not meet the criteria to receive an ICD.

In addition, those who had unnecessarily received the ICD were at a higher risk of death and to experience complications from the device. This raises the concern that some physicians and surgeons are not following the same protocol as other ones.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) determine the criteria which includes patients who have histories of cardiac problems or suffer from certain serious heart conditions.

If you have been diagnosed with a severe medical condition, consulting with a long-term disability representative should be your next step to determine if you qualify to receive long-term disability 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.