Yes, it is possible to receive disability benefits for heart disease if the condition meets the eligibility criteria set by the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This typically involves providing medical evidence that your heart disease severely limits your ability to perform day-to-day activities and that this limitation is expected to last for at least 12 months.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) typically requires objective medical evidence to support your disability claim. This can include diagnostic tests, imaging studies, cardiac function assessments, and any other relevant medical evaluations. These findings should establish the severity and impact of your heart problems on your overall health and functional abilities.
Heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease, refers to a range of conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels. It is a broad term that encompasses various disorders, including coronary artery disease, heart failure, arrhythmias, congenital heart defects, and valvular heart disease, among others.
Heart disease is often caused by a combination of factors, including lifestyle choices (such as an unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity, smoking, and excessive alcohol consumption), underlying medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes), family history of heart disease, and age. Heart disease can cause kidney damage, liver malfunction, pulmonary hypertension, and depression.
Heart disease itself is not considered a disability. However, the limitations and impairments caused by heart disease can potentially qualify as a disability under certain circumstances. The impact of heart disease on an individual’s ability to perform daily activities and engage in work or other substantial gainful activity is taken into consideration when determining disability eligibility.
To qualify for heart disease disability benefits, individuals typically need to demonstrate that their condition significantly limits their ability to work. This may include providing medical evidence of heart-related symptoms, functional limitations, treatment history, and the impact of the condition on their daily life.
The symptoms of heart disease can vary depending on the specific condition and its severity. Some common symptoms and signs of heart disease include:
There are several types of heart disease, each affecting different parts of the heart or the blood vessels connected to it. Some common types of heart disease include:
Some examples of heart diseases that may qualify for disability benefits include chronic heart failure, ischemic heart disease, arrhythmias, and congenital heart disease.
If you believe your diagnosis for heart disease disability, the next step is to apply for benefits. Different stages are discussed as follows:
If you do not meet the eligibility criteria for heart disease disability, the Social Security Administration may still consider you for benefits if your heart condition prevents you from doing any kind of work that you have done in the past. This is called the residual functional capacity assessment.
The RFC assessment considers your physical and mental limitations, as well as your age, education, and work experience. If the SSA determines that your heart condition prevents you from doing any kind of work that you have done in the past, you may be eligible for disability benefits. Some things you can do to increase your chances of being approved for disability benefits if your heart condition does not meet the SSA’s eligibility criteria are as follows:
The maximum disability payment for heart disease disability under SSDI is $3,600 and for SSI is $914 per month in 2023. However, the disability check may vary depending on the work and income history.
The application process for disability benefits can be complex, and it may take time for a decision to be reached. Be patient, provide accurate information, and ensure you provide comprehensive information about heart disease and disability in appeals. Schedule a free consultation or call 888-774-7243 to discuss your claim process.
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