The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers a number of conditions severe enough to prevent you from working. Regardless of the condition, all are subject to evaluation and must meet certain criteria to qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.
Though most conditions listed by the SSA as disabling are permanent or are expected to result in death, those that are not require evidence showing that the condition has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year. Our dedicated Social Security Disability lawyers are here to help and support you during this time.
Types of Cardiovascular Disabilities
Cardiovascular problems, meaning complications relating to the heart and blood vessels, are defined by the SSA as, “any disorder that affects the proper functioning of the heart or the circulatory system (that is, arteries, veins, capillaries, and the lymphatic drainage).”
These conditions include:
- Chronic heart failure (when the heart can no longer pump sufficient blood to the body)
- Heart disease (narrowing of blood vessels that supply oxygen to the heart)
- Arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat)
- Aneurysm (abnormal widening of an artery due to weakness in the blood vessel wall)
- Chronic venous insufficiency (condition when veins have problems sending blood from the legs back to the heart)
- Peripheral arterial disease (narrowing of blood vessels that results in reduced blood flow to the limbs)
Getting Benefits for Your Cardiovascular Condition
Certain heart and blood vessel disorders are considered disabling conditions by the Social Security Administration and may qualify you for either SSD or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits dependent on the condition and your age.
The SSA will need detailed reports of your medical history, physical examinations, laboratory studies, and any prescribed treatments you’ve had over the past months or years. If you haven’t received any treatment, the SSA will evaluate your case based on your current condition and any other evidence you are able to produce.
Our Social Security Disability Lawyers Want to Help
At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, our Social Security Disability attorneys are dedicated to fighting for the rights of people like you whose lives are affected by heart and blood vessel disorders. We know the SSA may often deny benefits claims for people with similar conditions, and that’s why we strive to build strong claims for our clients.