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May 9, 2022

According to reports released by the American Heart Association, more than 126.9 million American adults had some form of heart disease. In 2019 alone, 874,613 Americans died because of cardiovascular disease. If you have cardiovascular disease that makes it impossible for you to work and earn a living, you may qualify for disability benefits. In this blog post, Watson and Carroll, P.C., L.L.O., takes a closer look at disability benefits for heart disease. 

Social Security Disability Lawyer in Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota 

Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O.’s Social Security Disability team can help you secure benefits needed  to support yourself. Chellsie Weber, our wildly successful and experienced disability attorney, and Abby Reid, our wonderful and thorough disability paralegal, can offer support and advice as it pertains to your disability and the benefits approval process. Remember, you’re more likely to have a successful disability claim with an attorney by your side. Call us today at 402-991-2100. You also can share your story here.

What Are The Qualifying Criteria For Heart Disease To Get Disability Benefits?

Ifu can qualify for disability benefits by meeting the Social Security Administration (SSA) listing criteria for one of the different heart disease-related conditions. There are listings for the following:

  • Chronic (congestive) heart failure
  • Ischemic (coronary) heart disease 
  • Recurrent arrhythmias 
  • Symptomatic congenital heart disease 
  • Aneurysm of aorta or major heart branches
  • Chronic venous insufficiency 
  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • Heart transplant 

Many heart disease conditions have similar symptoms, so it may be difficult to determine which listing would be used to evaluate your specific medical condition. Your cardiologist or heart surgeon should be able to help you determine which listing most closely matches your heart condition and whether you would qualify through that listing.  

How Will Your Listing Be Evaluated?

Several heart disease conditions can be evaluated through the same listing. As an example, coronary artery disease is usually considered for disability benefits through the listing for ischemic heart disease. However, coronary artery disease can cause an individual to suffer from congestive heart failure. 

If an individual has dilated cardiomyopathy, the condition eventually leads to congestive heart failure. If an individual has ischemic cardiomyopathy, he or she will end up with ischemic heart disease. While most arrhythmias are caused by ischemic heart disease, they are usually evaluated under their own listing for recurrent arrhythmias. 

Most heart conditions are evaluated using the listings for chronic heart failure or ischemic heart disease. Claimants who have suffered a heart attack or any kind of heart disease are usually evaluated using the listing for ischemic heart disease because of a coronary artery disease diagnosis. 

If you are not sure which listing will be used to evaluate your disability claim for heart disease, talk with your heart doctor or with your disability attorney. They understand the complexity of the technical descriptions and criteria included in the Blue Book. 

Applying For Disability Benefits For Heart Disease

If you suffer from heart disease that keeps you from working and earning a living, consult with a disability attorney at Watson and Carroll, P.C., L.L.O. The experienced team of disability claim experts have helped thousands of individuals with serious medical conditions have successful disability claims. The monthly disability benefits can help you cover living expenses as well as the cost of your medical care. 

About Watson & Carroll 

Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O., is not a high-volume law firm that only speaks with clients when it is absolutely necessary. For us, it’s personal. Our team works closely with our clients and their loved ones – not only so that we understand their challenges and concerns, but so we can tailor our approach to address those factors, aggressively pursue results, and secure peace of mind. Whether it is a medical malpractice case or advocating for disability benefits, we work to protect our clients and make sure their rights are upheld. 

Our firm can help. Call 402-991-2100 or email contact@watsoncarroll.com. You also can fill out our confidential contact form.

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