You may be surprised to know that you may qualify for Disability Benefits from the Social Security Administration due to your cardiovascular medical issues. Underlying heart problems such as cardiomyopathy, arteriosclerosis, cardiac arrest, heart attacks or pericarditis may qualify you to receive disability benefits. Disability Support Services can help you figure out if your cardiovascular conditions may be eligible you for benefits. It is important to note that although you may have been diagnosed with a cardiovascular health issue Social Security will evaluate how the medical issues affect you physically, which may, in turn, affect your ability to work or perform your activities of daily living. Disability Support Services can help you navigate these complicated Social Security disability rules and regulations.
Here is a list of issues considered by the SSA for disability benefits for cardiovascular issues.
- Chronic Venous Insufficiency: Chronic venous insufficiency will cause the heart to be unable to pump blood from the legs back to the heart. It results in swelling of the legs, difficulty standing, and painful ulcers.
- Recurrent Arrhythmias: If your heart beats irregularly, or race, or to beat slowly. It may cause frequent dizzy spells, or for you to pass out.
- Chronic Heart Failure: Also known as congestive heart failure, the condition results in your heart being unable to pump enough oxygen and nutrients to meet your body’s needs. It may cause the chambers of the heart to stretch or become stiff and thickened, eventually becoming too weak to pump blood. The kidneys respond by making the body retain excessive fluids in the legs, arms, ankles, feet, lungs, and other organs. The body, as a result, is congested with fluid.
- Ischemic Heart Disease: This condition is caused by problems with your arteries. It results in reduced oxygen flow within the bloodstream. A diagnosis is usually a result of a stress test or angiography. A diagnosis is vital as the issue puts the body in a pre-heart attack state.
- Hypertensive Heart Disease: While high blood pressure is a common disorder and often treatable with medication, diet and exercise, there are cases in which the disorder is extremely serious. If it is untreatable, it may meet the criteria for disability from ischemic heart disease or chronic heart failure.
- Aneurysm: An aneurysm will cause an abnormal swelling or ballooning with an artery due to weakness in the wall of the blood vessel. If an aneurysm is undetected, it can get too large and rupture, and the results can be fatal. They can occur most commonly in the aorta, or the brain.
- Heart Transplant Complications: A heart transplant is a risky surgery with many side effects and implications that can last a lifetime causing the recipient to be classified as disabled. Click here to learn more.
When examining the evidence for determination of disability benefits for cardiovascular issues, the SSA will look at various tests to see if your heart condition qualifies you. As with all illness or injuries, it is up to the applicant to provide the supporting medical paperwork. Contact Disability Support Services for assistance throughout your process. Our experienced team is here for you.