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Is Cardiovascular Disease A Disability?

Heart disease is one of the most common and deadly medical conditions in the United States. Many forms of heart disease and their associated symptoms can make it difficult or impossible for affected individuals to work.

If you’re suffering from a cardiovascular disability, then you know the limitations this type of condition can place on an individual. However, that doesn’t guarantee you will qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.

When Does Heart Disease Qualify For Disability Benefits?

When your heart condition prevents you from taking part in Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA), you can qualify for disability benefits.

SSD benefits are awarded to individuals who are unable to work and earn a living wage due to their disability. These benefits either come in the form of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

What Cardiovascular Conditions Qualify You For Benefits?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) reviews disability claims and determines if a claimant’s condition qualifies them for benefits. The SSA references what is known as the Blue Book to assess eligibility.

The Blue Book lists qualifying impairments into categories. When you file a disability claim, the SSA uses the Blue Book to determine whether your disability is a qualifying condition.

Cardiovascular system impairments are evaluated under section 4.00 in the Blue Book. There are several heart conditions that can qualify an applicant for disability.

By the SSA’s definition, a cardiovascular impairment is any congenital or acquired “… disorder that affects the proper functioning of the heart or the circulatory system (that is, arteries, veins, capillaries, and the lymphatic drainage).”

These qualifying impairments include:

  • Chronic Heart Failure
  • Ischemic Heart Disease
  • Recurrent Arrhythmias
  • Symptomatic Congenital Heart Disease
  • Heart Transplant
  • Aneurysm of Aorta or Major Branches
  • Chronic Venous Insufficiency
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease

In order to qualify under one of these listings, your disability must meet the criteria provided in the Blue Book. Your condition must also be expected to last for at least 12 months or result in death.

Your heart condition may affect other body systems. If symptoms prevent you from taking part in SGA, your claim will be evaluated under the Blue Book listing for the affected body system(s).

Does Having A Stent or Pacemaker Qualify You For Disability?

If your cardiovascular condition requires you to have a stent or pacemaker, it doesn’t necessarily mean you will qualify for benefits. However, the condition that led to the need for one of these devices may qualify you for benefits.

What If My Condition Isn’t Listed in the Blue Book?

If your disability isn’t listed in the Blue Book, you can still qualify for benefits. Your condition must meet or exceed the criteria of another qualifying condition.

What Evidence Is Required to Qualify For Disability?

You need to provide substantial evidence to the SSA to prove your cardiovascular condition qualifies you for benefits.

When you submit your application, you must include medical records that support your claim. These can include test results, treatment results, current treatment regimens, opinions and diagnoses from medical professionals and specialists, etc.

It’s also wise to include statements from friends, neighbors, or family members who can attest to your physical and mental limitations. You may want to include personal records of how your disability impacts your day-to-day life. Additionally, you can also complete an adult Function Report and submit it to the SSA.

RFC Assessments

You may be required to take a Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) assessment. An RFC assessment will show what level of work (if any) you’re able to perform despite your physical or mental limitations. For example, the symptoms of your impairment may prevent you from standing for long periods or lifting light or heavy items.

Why You Should Hire An Attorney When Applying for Disability Benefits With A Heart Condition

When you’re applying for Social Security Disability benefits, hiring an attorney is crucial. This is especially true when you have a cardiovascular disability.

Applying for disability benefits can be an overwhelming, complex process. Having an attorney on your side can significantly improve your chances of success. At Peña & Bromberg, our experienced disability lawyers will guide you through the application process. We’ll gather all the necessary documentation and medical evidence to ensure you receive the best chances of being approved for benefits.

It’s our goal to present a strong case to the SSA that demonstrates the severity of your disability. Our legal team will help streamline the application process and navigate any potential challenges.

Contact Us at Peña & Bromberg

If you have a cardiovascular condition, Social Security Disability may be the only option you have to receive financial assistance. If you’re unable to work yet still facing medical bills and everyday expenses, SSD benefits are crucial to your health and wellbeing.

To work with qualified disability lawyers in California, contact us to request a free consultation. At Peña & Bromberg we will advocate for your rights and maximize your chances of receiving the benefits you deserve. Our team is here to provide invaluable support during this challenging and critical time.

We also help individuals who are applying for disability under other impairment categories. Some of these include respiratory disorders, mental disorders, neurological disorders, skin disorders, immune system disorders, and more.

For more information on applying for disability in California, reach out to our law firm today.

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