According to the Center for Disease Control, over 28 million adults in the United States have some form of heart disease. Many types of heart disease can interfere with work and the ability to complete everyday normal activities. You should know, however, that just because you've been diagnosed with heart disease, doesn't mean you will necessarily receive social security disability.
Here are three specific heart conditions that qualify you for social security disability.
Congestive Heart Failure
Also known as chronic heart failure, this type of heart condition means that your heart is not pumping good enough to meet the needs of your body. This heart condition can be a result of many other issues including:
- Coronary artery disease
- High blood pressure
- Heart valve problems
- Congenital heart defects
If you have suffered a heart attack, you are at an increased risk of having heart failure. Some of the most common symptoms include shortness of breath, fatigue, swelling in the legs and feet, and an irregular heartbeat. Some of the medical evidence you'll need to supply when applying for social security disability includes your heart's ejection fraction, the results of an exercise stress test, and summaries of hospitalization and operative reports.
This type of heart condition means that your heart does not beat regularly as it should. Your heart may also experience tachycardia (beating too fast) or bradycardia (beating too slowly). Arrhythmias of the heart can be diagnosed as the following:
- Long QT Syndrome
- Atrial or ventricular fibrillation
- Atrial or ventricular tachycardia
There are many treatment options available for these types of arrhythmias, including undergoing a procedure called an ablation, or getting a pacemaker or defibrillator implanted. If none of these treatments work, and you continue to experience symptoms such as passing out, you may qualify for social security disability.
Chronic Venous Insufficiency
Chronic venous insufficiency occurs when the valves in the leg veins don't adequately work, causing an inability for the heart to pump blood from the legs. This causes the blood to pool in the veins, which is called stasis. Some of the most common symptoms of this condition include:
- Pain in the leg
- Discolored skin on the legs
- Varicose veins
The swelling and ulcers from this condition can make it difficult to stand. If the ulcers don't heal after a certain amount of time, this condition may qualify for social security disability.
If you have any of these heart conditions and would like help with the process of applying for disability, an SS disability lawyer can help.