Many Americans are no stranger to heart disease. Many people are afflicted with the ailment or know someone who is. Often heart issues can be so serious that they require significant medical intervention and therapy. The condition can also keep people from work. In these cases, people may wonder if they can qualify for financial assistance from Social Security as a result of their cardiovascular problems.
According to the Social Security Administration, a heart condition — including a heart attack — can be enough for someone to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. However, in order to be eligible for benefits, people must have specific cardiovascular impairments and have enough evidence of the issue.
Some of the eligible impairments result in ventricular dysfunction, chronic heart failure, central cyanosis, syncope or myocardial ischemia. Both acquired and congenital heart issue can fall into this category.
The SSA requires specific evidence of cardiovascular issues in order to start benefits. This evidence includes at least three months’ worth of treatment, records and observations for the cardiovascular issue. It could also include laboratory studies, the results of physical exams and other medical procedures. Test results might also be required. These tests include physical activity tests — like an exercise tolerance test. They can also include the results of an ECG.
The specific evidence in each case will likely vary and therefore this post cannot provide specific legal advice. However, an attorney can help people understand if they qualify for SSDI for heart issues and help them fight for the benefits to which they are entitled.