The American Heart Association reports that heart disease causes one in every three deaths in the U.S., which makes this condition the number one cause of death in America. Furthermore, it’s estimated that over 92 million adults in this country are currently living with some type of heart disease. This condition is often disabling, so those who are suffering from it may wonder whether or not they are eligible for Social Security disability benefits. Here’s what you need to know:
Heart Conditions in the Social Security Blue Book
The Blue Book contains hundreds of mental and physical conditions that the Social Security Administration (SSA) considers disabling. There are a handful of heart conditions in the Blue Book, which means it is possible for some people with heart disease to qualify for disability benefits. The heart conditions listed in the Blue Book include:
- Chronic heart failure
- Ischemic heart disease
- Recurrent arrhythmias
- Symptomatic congenital heart disease
- Heart transplant
- Aneurysm of aorta or other major branches
- Chronic venous insufficiency
- Peripheral arterial disease
Qualifying For Social Security Disability Benefits
Being diagnosed with one of the heart conditions listed above does not mean you are automatically eligible for disability benefits. To qualify, you must also fulfill the requirements listed next to your condition. For example, let’s say you are suffering from heart arrhythmias, which is a condition listed in the Blue Book. To qualify for benefits, the Blue Book says your condition must not be related to reversible causes such as electrolyte imbalances. The Blue Book also states that the arrhythmias must be uncontrolled and recurrent in order to be classified as disabling. Finally, the book outlines the medical records that the SSA needs to see to approve your disability benefits for recurrent arrhythmias. For recurrent arrhythmias, the SSA needs to see the results of an electrocardiography or another similar diagnostic test.
Find your heart condition in the Blue Book to see what requirements the SSA has established. If you do not meet one of the requirements listed next to your condition, the SSA will most likely deny your request for benefits even though your condition is listed in the Blue Book.
Are you suffering from heart disease? If so, contact Armstrong & Vaught, P.L.C. at once. Let our experienced attorneys help the SSA understand how your heart condition has made it impossible for you to work. Call us now at 918-582-2500, toll free at (800) 722-8880, or contact us online for a free consultation with a skilled attorney.