Social Security Disability and Heart Disease
4 Heart Disease Impairments that May Make You Eligible for Social Security Disability The human heart is a powerful muscle, built to pump blood throughout our bodies. When the heart is healthy, it performs its job admirably. Unfortunately, hearts do not always work as they should, and sometimes other factors interfere with the heart's performance. For claimants that are suffering from heart disease, obtaining Social Security disability benefits can help you support yourself and your family if your illness impedes your ability to work. Your main goal in presenting your disability claim is to prove to the Social Security Administration that your condition is directly hindering you from performing your job–or any other job, no matter how low-key. When you are building up your claim, be sure to acquire evidence from your physician, including diagnostic tests and reports that support your claim. This evidence should be provided in the initial application, so talk to an experienced disability attorney to find out what to include. If you have already made your claim and been denied, a disability attorney can work with you to create a successful appeal. Heart disease, according to the Social Security Administration, has four consequential impairments that would make a claimant eligible for disability benefits: • Persistent heart failure or impairment of the left or right ventricle • Lack of blood flow to the heart (medically known as myocardial ischemia), resulting in pain, discomfort, or possibly necrosis • Inadequate blood flow to the brain, stemming from a cardiac impediment, that sometimes results in syncope or near syncope • Lack of oxygen in the blood, causing central cyanosis, stemming from arterial or vascular deterioration or obstruction If, in conjunction with your heart disease, you are suffering from other symptoms, side-effects, or ailments, you may be able to present these conditions in your case. Your case will be stronger if these other conditions also prove to be obstacles in attaining, and keeping, gainful employment. Ensure your claim's success by telling your disability attorney all of your symptoms and conditions–even if they seem unrelated–so that your case can be considered in its entirety.