Do Heart Conditions Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?
If you have recently been diagnosed with a severe heart condition and are unable to work, you may qualify to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. These benefits are designed to provide financial assistance to individuals that can no longer work as a result of a qualifying medical condition. Cardiovascular disorders commonly referred to as heart conditions are one of the leading conditions that qualify for benefits in the country.
What heart conditions are eligible?
- Chronic Heart Failure – to be considered eligible for benefits under this condition, you must have systolic or diastolic heart failure. You will also have to prove that your heart falls under the specified requirements at a normal state and may be required to submit to an exercise tolerance test
- Ischemic Heart Disease (Coronary Heart Disease) – this condition is caused by a narrowed heart arteries that supply blood to the heart muscles, thus resulting in a lack of blood and oxygen to the heart
- Recurrent Arrhythmias – a condition affecting the normal rhythm or beating of the heart. To qualify with this condition, you must prove this condition is nonreversible and that it results in syncope or near syncope
- Symptomatic Congenital Heart Disease – this condition refers to impairments to the structure of the heart or the function of the heart before birth, with the two types including Cyanotic Congenital Heart Disease and Acyanotic Congenital Heart Disease
- Heart Transplant – if you receive a heart transplant, you will be automatically considered disabled for at least one year after the transplant is complete
- Aneurysm of Aorta or Major Branches – you will be required to provide medical imaging to confirm the aneurysm
- Chronic Venous Insufficiency – this condition refers to the improper functioning of the veins in the legs. To be eligible for benefits under this condition, you must also have brawny edema which involves at least 2/3 or more between your knee and ankle, or 1/3 from hip to ankle, or recurring ulcerations which cannot heal after treatment for a period of at least three months
- Peripheral Arterial Disease – a circulatory condition where narrowed blood vessels result in a reduction of blood flow to the limbs. This condition will require blood pressure analysis when submitting your application