Which Heart Conditions Qualify for Disability Benefits?

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The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes several cardiovascular conditions as disabilities that can qualify an individual for benefits. The SSA’s Blue Book lists these impairments in Section 4.00 Cardiovascular System.

Each condition has unique guidelines that help the SSA determine eligibility. When an applicant meets the criteria and provides substantial proof to support their claim, they will likely be approved for benefits. However, only 30% of all initial applications are approved. This is often due to incomplete or incorrect information or insufficient medical documentation.

The disability attorneys at the Antonowicz Group have the experience and extensive knowledge to help you with your disability claim. Whether you are just beginning your application or need to file an appeal, we are here to help.

SSD for Heart Conditions

The cardiovascular category includes any disorder that impedes the proper function of the heart or circulatory system. Almost any medical condition affecting the cardiovascular system, from an aortic aneurysm to valvular heart disease, may qualify someone for disability benefits.

There are eight divisions within the cardiovascular disability breakdown. These types of heart impairments cover a wide range of disorders and diseases.

Chronic Heart Failure

This condition prevents the heart from pumping enough blood to meet the body’s needs over an extended period. It is often caused by underlying conditions such as coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes. Symptoms can include fatigue, shortness of breath, and swelling in the legs and feet.

Ischemic Heart Disease

Because of a narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries, this condition prevents the heart from receiving adequate oxygen-rich blood. It can lead to chest pain (angina), heart attacks, and other complications.

Recurrent Arrhythmias

Arrhythmias are abnormal heart rhythms that can cause symptoms such as palpitations, dizziness, and fainting. Recurrent arrhythmias are those that happen repeatedly over time and can be challenging to manage.

Symptomatic Congenital Heart Disease

This heart disease is present at birth. It can cause fatigue, shortness of breath, and cyanosis, a bluish tint to the skin.

Heart Transplant

A life-saving surgical procedure involves replacing a diseased heart with a healthy one from a donor. This may be necessary in cases where other treatments have not been successful.

Aneurism of the Aorta or Major Branches

An aneurysm is a bulge in the wall of an artery. If an aneurysm occurs in the aorta or one of its major branches, it can be life-threatening if it ruptures.

Chronic Venous Insufficiency

This is a condition in which the veins in the legs are unable to properly return blood to the heart. It can cause symptoms such as swelling, pain, and skin changes.

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

This disease causes narrowing or blocking of the arteries that supply blood to the limbs. The result is pain, numbness, and other symptoms.

To qualify for disability benefits, you must show that your cardiovascular impairment is severe enough to prevent you from working. This involves providing medical evidence that details the severity of your condition and how it impacts your ability to work. The Antonowicz Group will help you obtain and submit all the documentation needed to support your benefits claim.

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Cardiovascular Disability Lawyer

When considering applying for Social Security disability for a heart condition, it’s crucial to work with an experienced disability attorney. Our law firm can help you navigate the process.

We will assist with gathering the necessary medical evidence, file your application, and represent you at any necessary hearings. We will do all the hard work for you and keep you informed at all times about changes in your case.

Our Social Security disability lawyers are sympathetic to those who live with the daily struggles of heart conditions. We are dedicated to helping you get the benefits you have earned and the resources you deserve. Contact us online or call the Antonowicz Group today to schedule your free consultation.

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