The cardiovascular system is composed of your heart and blood vessels. Cardiovascular system disorders can limit your ability to perform certain activities or to perform them at a high level of speed or intensity. They can also put you at risk for further complications and even sudden death. When you have cardiovascular problems, you can be classified as disabled for either poor function or high risks.
Documenting Cardiovascular System Disorders
In order to have a successful application for Social Security disability, you have to make sure you need to have adequate documentation of your cardiovascular system disorder. This means that you need to have evidence of your diagnosis, certain lab tests, a list of treatments, and a description of how you have responded to treatments.
You should also submit a comprehensive clinical record. In the eyes of the Social Security Administration (SSA), you can’t be truly disabled due to cardiovascular system disorders unless you’ve gone through a significant amount of medical treatment. If you don’t present evidence of that treatment, your application will be denied. This should usually include at least three months of medical information.
Rarely, the SSA may decide to pay for exams to get the additional information they need.
The SSA may also decide to wait before issuing a decision if they believe your condition is not stable because you have had a recent heart attack or have recently started a new treatment. If this is the case, they may delay your case for three months, then ask you to supply additional information.
Types of Cardiovascular System Disorders
There are eight categories included in the cardiovascular system disorders section:
Chronic heart failure is when you suffer recurrent heart attacks, and it can qualify you for disability if your heart failure meets certain criteria, and you have either poor exercise performance, multiple occurrences of heart failure in a year, or additional symptoms that may keep you from working and prevent you from taking an exercise test.
Ischemic heart disease is when you suffer from blockage of your arteries, which may break loose and result in strokes. SSA will typically evaluate this on the basis of past strokes, imaging of your blood vessels, or the results of an exercise test.
Recurrent arrhythmia is when your heartbeat is unstable or irregular. You have to show that your condition won’t respond to treatment and that it can cause you to faint.
Symptomatic congenital heart disease is when irregularities in the structure of your heart lead to poor function that may result in disability. The SSA wants information about the structure of your heart as well as its function.
Heart transplant patients are automatically considered disabled for a year after receiving a new heart.
Aneurysm of the aorta or major branches is when your blood vessels swell due to weakness in the vessel walls, creating a localized, balloon-like bulge in the blood vessel. This must be demonstrated with appropriate imaging.
Chronic venous insufficiency is when your veins are not able to get blood back to your heart to get fresh oxygen. It is considered disabling when you have large amounts of swelling or ulceration.
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is when plaque builds up in your arteries. This can lead to strokes or pulmonary embolism. In order to be qualified for SSDI, imaging must show the plaque buildup.
If you think you might be disabled as a result of a cardiovascular condition, please contact us for a free eligibility evaluation.
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