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Disability Benefits for Heart Disease

By Kenton Koszdin Law Office on April 6, 2015 | In Social Security Disability

Disability Benefits for Heart Disease

There are a number of different heart conditions that qualify for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA). Whether or not you automatically qualify for benefits, you will have to show how your condition affects your ability to work. Furthermore, the SSA will review your physical abilities and how your heart condition affects your day-to-day activities.

It can help your claim if you have been hospitalized multiple times in the past year and if you have been unable to work because of your condition. You may also have to take an exercise tolerance test to show how much physical exertion you can endure before experiencing debilitating fatigue or angina.

There are many heart conditions that can affect your ability to work. Here are a few of the most common heart conditions that qualify individuals for disability benefits through the SSA:

  • Congestive heart failure: This is a condition in which the heart cannot pump enough blood to the body’s organs and the blood returning to the heart backs up. Your doctor can diagnose you during a physical examination and through an x-ray to reveal if your heart is enlarged. In order to qualify for benefits because of a heart failure, you will have to prove that you have experienced several episodes of heart failure and required hospitalization.
  • Arteriosclerosis: This is the hardening of the arteries resulting from a build up of calcium deposits in the artery walls. This serious condition can result in a heart attack. The SSA will evaluate the severity of your condition to determine if you qualify.
  • Aneurysm: An aneurysm is when a weakness in the wall of a blood vessel results in a bulge. If this aneurysm ruptures, it can result in fatal bleeding in the aorta, brain, or arteries. You can qualify with this condition if you can show that physical exertion puts you at risk.
  • Coronary artery disease: If your arteries become clogged or narrowed, it can restrict the blood flow to the heart. This condition can starve the heart of oxygen. In order to qualify for benefits, you may have to prove that you have had several angioplasty or bypass surgeries.

If you have a heart condition, it may be in your best interest to research your legal rights and options. Support may be available to compensate you for your inability to work. Please contact an experienced Los Angeles Social Security Disability attorney to obtain more information.

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