January 6, 2010
Cardiovascular Impairments and Social Security Disability Benefits
How does the Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluate a disability claim based on cardiovascular impairments or heart disease?
Indiana claimants with heart disease or other cardiovascular impairments may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. The SSA defines Cardiovascular Impairments in the Blue Book “Listing of Impairments,” Section 4.00 Cardiovascular System. According to the SSA, Cardiovascular Impairments are any congenital or acquired disorder that affects the circulatory system or the proper functioning of the heart. The circulatory system includes the veins, arteries, capillaries, or the lymphatic drainage. Heart impairments result from one or more of four consequences of heart disease:
- Chronic heart failure,
- Pain or discomfort due to myocardial ischemia,
- Central cyanosis due to reduced oxygen in the arterial blood or pulmonary disease, or
- Syncope (or near syncope) due to lack of cerebral perfusion from any cardiac cause.
When filing a Social Security disability claim for heart (cardiovascular) disorder, it is important to support your claim with sufficient documentation. Supply the SSA with detailed history reports, physical examination records, laboratory testing results, and prescribed treatment or medication. This medical documentation should allow the SSA to assess the severity and duration of your impairment.
The SSA has categorized Cardiovascular System impairments in the Listing of Impairments. Some examples of cardiovascular impairments that are defined on the SSA’s website are:
- 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
Many individuals attempting to get Social Security disability for heart impairment(s) consult Indianapolis Attorney Scott D. Lewis about problems that they experience. Many claimants have had heart attacks and other cardiovascular events that have rendered them unable to work. Individuals with medical records showing stent placement, pacemakers, and other medical devices used to stabilize or improve the medical condition may still find themselves unable to secure gainful employment. Some common problems affecting those with heart impairments may include but are not limited to shortness of breath and finding themselves tired throughout most of the day. While these medical procedures may help in ensuring an improvement in heart function, many claimants seeking disability still experience problems in their activities of daily living.
If your heart disorder prevents you from working, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Indiana Social Security Disability Attorney Scott D. Lewis offers a free consultation at (317) 423-8888. Call now!