Social Security Disability for Heart Disease

Facts About Social Security Disability For Heart Disease

If you suffer from coronary heart disease, you could be limited in your ability to exert yourself. This means that you might not be able to continue working at your current job. If this happens, you might be eligible for social security disability.

Disability for Heart Disease

How To Qualify For Social Security Disability

If you have been diagnosed with coronary heart disease, you might qualify for social security disability. Your eligibility will depend on the severity of your symptoms and whether you meet the SSA requirements in their disorder listing. If you do not meet the official listing requirements, you might still be eligible if you can demonstrate that your condition limits your functional capacity.

Meeting The Official Listing Criteria

When making a disability claim, you will need to provide medical evidence of your condition. If you do not have any evidence or the evidence is for too short a period of time, a consultative examination will be required. In the case of not having medical evidence or not being on a prescribed treatment, you may have a hard time meeting the requirements for the disorder listing.

The disorder listing that will affect your disability claim is listing 4.04. According to this listing, you need to have certain symptoms caused by coronary heart disease. These symptoms will include angina pectoris which is a discomfort in the chest as well as atypical angina. Anginal equivalent is another symptom as well as silent ischemia.

Whether you have these symptoms or not, you will need to complete an abnormal stress test. This is an exercise tolerance test and the results will need to show at least one of a set list of abnormalities. These abnormalities will include a decrease in systolic pressure.

If you have not completed an abnormal stress test, you could complete an ischemic episodes test or an abnormal imaging results test. For the former, you will need to have 3 separate ischemic episodes in a 12-month period to qualify. Abnormal imaging results are generally done when the abnormal tolerance test is considered too risky. This testing will be a medically acceptable imaging demonstration that shows you have coronary heart disease.

Reduced Functional Capacity

If you do not meet the listing criteria for coronary heart disease, you could still eligible based on a reduced functional capacity. When looking at this, the SSA will have to consider if your heart impairment has reduced your ability to work. If the SSA can determine that you are unable to perform your past job or any other job in the national economy, your claim will be approved.

To determine this capacity, the SSA will look at all of the evidence you have provided to them. In the RFC assessment, your ability to complete certain activities such as sitting, standing, carrying, pulling, pushing and walking will be looked at. If the assessment finds that you cannot lift more than a set amount, but can stand for 6-hours at a time, you will be approved for light work.

If you have coronary heart disease, you may be eligible for social security disability. To claim this benefit, you will need to provide medical evidence of your condition and meet the requirements in listing 4.04. You may be able to claim this benefit if you do not meet the requirements but your RFC shows you cannot work.

Need Help Getting Your Disability Claim Approved?

If you or a loved one need help getting your disability claim approved, contact a GAR Disability Advocate today for a free consultation.

Are You Eligible For Benefits?