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Can a person with heart disease apply for disability benefits?

As was discussed in a previous post on this blog, many people in Anaheim and throughout the United States suffer from heart disease, making it one of the most costly medical conditions in the nation. Unfortunately, heart disease, whether it is congenital or acquired, can seriously impact a person's life. If it is severe enough, it can keep a person from being able to work or even being able to take care of their daily needs. When this happens, a person may need financial help to afford their basic living expenses, along with their medical expenses. For this reason, those with severe heart conditions may want to seek Social Security disability benefits.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes that certain cardiovascular impairments can constitute a disability. The SSA defines a cardiovascular impairment as a disorder that has a detrimental effect on the proper functioning of a person's circulatory system or heart. Some cardiovascular impairments are congenital, and others are acquired. Some examples of cardiovascular impairments include chronic heart failure, ischemic heart disease, recurrent arrhythmias, symptomatic congenital heart disease, heart transplants, aneurysm of aorta or major branches, chronic venous insufficiency, and peripheral arterial disease.

However, the SSA needs certain information from an applicant regarding their cardiovascular impairment before disability benefits will be awarded. Specifically, the SSA requires detailed reports of the applicant's medical history, including physical exams, laboratory studies and treatments prescribed, along with the applicant's response to such treatments. This information allows the SSA to determine the severity and duration of the applicant's condition. In addition, a longitudinal clinical record documenting at least three months of observations and treatment is generally required by the SSA.

As you can see, one's application for SSD benefits must be complete and accurate. If an application is insufficient in any way, it could result in a denial of benefits. Therefore, it may help to seek legal help when applying for disability benefits due to a heart condition.

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