Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, is the leading cause of death in
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According to Million Hearts™, heart disease and stroke are among the most widespread and costly health problems facing the nation today, accounting for more than
“If you have heart disease or are a stroke survivor, you know firsthand the physical and financial toll it can take, especially if you can’t continue working,” Venuti said. “Patients face increased medical costs at the same time that their income shrinks or disappears altogether.”
Million Hearts™ offers the following tips to help keep your heart in good condition:
Remember your ABCs
A — Appropriate aspirin use: Ask your doctor if aspirin will reduce your risk for heart attacks.
B — Blood pressure control: You can control your blood pressure and reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke.
C — Cholesterol management: Your healthcare professional can provide guidance to help you lower your cholesterol levels if they’re high.
S — Smoking cessation: Ask your healthcare professional to connect you with tools to help you quit smoking.
Tips for those with a severe disability caused by cardiovascular disease:
• File for SSDI right away. If you can no longer work due to physical and/or mental impairments, you should file as soon as possible. SSDI is a federal insurance benefit you paid for with your FICA taxes.
• Get help. Navigating the financial challenges of a sudden loss of income can be overwhelming, especially when you also are dealing with heart disease. But you can improve your financial circumstances with careful planning and by using all resources available to you. o Understand your options for professional SSDI representation. There are two major types of paid SSDI representatives—attorney and non-attorney. Finding the right qualified expert can help you get through the
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• Connect with resources. A variety of government agencies, private and nonprofit organizations offer valuable assistance. Start by calling your local United Way’s 2-1-1 service with your specific requests. You also can visit Allsup’s online resources at Resources.Allsup.com. You can download the Caregiver Action Network and Allsup’s Financial Planning Toolkit, which features links to a variety of resources. Or, receive customized resources by registering for free at AllsupPlace.com.