If you are suffering from a heart disease and cannot work for at least a year because of it, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits. Our Social Security Disability lawyers in RI and MA have years of experience and have obtained good awards for their clients. They charge no fee unless you win your claim and get past due benefits. Call our toll free number or fill out a contact form on our website for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.

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Can You Get Disability For Heart Disease?

Cardiovascular conditions (also known as heart disease) are disorders that seriously impair the heart, arteries, veins, and other parts of the circulatory system. These disorders can be caused by genetics or over the course of time and they can make it extremely difficult for a sufferer to live a normal life.

What Heart Diseases Count As Disabilities?

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The Social Security Administration maintains a list of disabilities, called the Blue Book, that qualify individuals for SSDI. These conditions limit the physical ability of a sufferer, making stressful work, manual labor, or some normal day-to-day activities difficult.

  • Chronic Heart Failure is when the heart cannot pump enough blood throughout the body. This is caused by the heart failing to either contract, which forces blood out of the heart and into other parts of the body, or relax, which pulls blood into the heart so that it can be pumped out.
  • Ischemic Heart Disease is when at least one of your coronary arteries (the main arteries that deliver blood to the heart) is partially blocked. This can be caused by plaque or blood clots, and often leads to heart attacks.
  • Recurrent Arrhythmias is when your heart beats irregularly. Arrhythmias often require a cardiac defibrillator (pace maker) to be implanted, and are usually seen in conjunction with other heart conditions.
  • Symptomatic Congenital Heart Disease is a genetic condition, which results in a deformed heart from birth. This cardiovascular condition results in lower blood flow to the lungs, which causes less oxygen to be distributed throughout the body.
  • Heart Transplant – The Social Security Administration automatically considers a person disabled for a full 12 months after they receive a heart transplant because of the likelihood that the new heart will be rejected by the body.
  • Aneurysm is when an artery wall weakens and a bulge in the artery occurs. Aneurysms can rupture, causing serious internal bleeding. When an aneurysm occurs near the heart it is especially dangerous and is treated very carefully.
  • Chronic Venous Insufficiency is a condition that is sometimes treatable. It occurs when the body’s veins are unable to deliver blood to the heart so that it can be pumped back out. It most seriously affects the lower legs and can be very painful, leading to other serious injuries.
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease occurs when there is low blood flow in the lower body because either the arteries or veins are at least partially blocked. This condition makes it very difficult for a person to walk or stand for a significant period of time.

This list does not contain all of the potentially disabling cardiovascular conditions. Any heart disease that causes you to be unable to work for at least a year may entitle you to Social Security Disability Benefits.

How Do You Qualify For Social Security Disability Benefits?

A social security disability claim form.Not all cardiovascular conditions qualify as disabilities. In order to determine if your condition is a disability, the Social Security Administration will review your application and all of your medical records. If they determine that you have been unable to work, or will be unable to work, for at least a year because of your condition, you might qualify for SSDI. An experienced disability lawyer will be able to tell you more. Read more.

Why Hire Us?

A  Social Security lawyer discusses a case with his two clients.If you are unable to work for at least a year due to a heart condition, you could be entitled to disability benefits. The lawyers at our firm have been successfully representing SSDI applicants for several years now and they charge no fee unless you receive a past due award. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call our toll free number or fill out a contact form online.