Allsup Highlights Resources During American Heart Month in February
Financial, social and health-education support enhance quality of life for heart disease patients
Belleville, Ill.-Jan 30, 2014-More than 3 million people in the U.S. report disability from heart disease or stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Allsup, a nationwide Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) representation company, observes American Heart Month in February by highlighting resources that help individuals living with heart disease maintain and improve their quality of life.
"Individuals with heart disease face new challenges when they are not able to do the things they used to do," said Tai Venuti, Allsup manager of Strategic Alliances. "They might have to quit working, cut favorite foods from their diet or make difficult lifestyle changes. It can be financially, emotionally and psychologically devastating if they don't have support and guidance to help them adjust."
Social Security Disability Insurance is a financial resource for many.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a payroll tax-funded, federal insurance program that provides workers with income if they become unable to work due to a disability. In 2012, nearly 745,000 former workers received SSDI benefits due to a circulatory system disease, including coronary artery disease, chronic ischemic heart disease and cardiomyopathy. That number represents 8.4 percent of all SSDI beneficiaries, according to the Social Security Administration. The average SSDI benefit for a disabled worker with no dependents is $1,148 per month. In addition to a monthly income, SSDI provides access to Medicare and other benefits. To read about the additional benefits of SSDI, click here.
Nonprofit organizations offer health education and peer support.
Organizations committed to helping individuals with heart disease and their families are important sources of support that range from health education to social networking. Mended Hearts is a national community-based non-profit organization that serves heart disease patients, their families and caregivers through visiting programs, support group meetings and educational forums. One of the hallmark programs of WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease is its Support Network which provides peer-to-peer, patient support for women living with heart disease by another female heart disease patient who has been trained to provide patient support. The National Stroke Association's iHope webinar series allows stroke survivors to gain specific knowledge for personal needs at their own pace. Topics range from dealing with depression to returning to work.
More resources for heart disease patients can be found at AllsupPlace.com.
For information on SSDI eligibility requirements, call (888) 841-2126 or visit Expert.Allsup.com.
Allsup is a nationwide provider of Social Security disability, veterans disability appeal, Medicare and Medicare Secondary Payer compliance services for individuals, employers and insurance carriers. Allsup professionals deliver specialized services supporting people with disabilities and seniors so they may lead lives that are as financially secure and as healthy as possible. Founded in 1984, the company is based in Belleville, Ill., near St. Louis. For more information, go to http://www.Allsup.com or visit Allsup on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Allsupinc.