A severe heart condition may have debilitating effects on your normal life and work activities. In certain circumstances, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits because of your heart condition, and there are steps you may take to find out if you qualify.
The Social Security Administration has a blue book listing of supported heart conditions under the cardiovascular system medication conditions section. The impairment may be congenital or acquired, and there are few categories your condition may fall within to receive benefits, which include chronic heart failure, symptomatic congenital heart disease, ischemic heart disease and a heart transplant, although some other conditions may apply.
The supported conditions
Under SSA guidelines, some supported conditions that may result in your CHF include hypertension, rheumatic, congenital and cardiomyopathy, while heart defects cause symptomatic congenital heart disease. The SSA requires evidence of a diagnosis that includes acceptable imaging, such as an X-ray or echocardiography to move forward with providing benefits. In addition, your condition must meet certain standards, such as a left ventricular diameter that is greater than six centimeters for CHF.
IHD is the narrowing or obstruction of coronary arteries, and it may result from plaque, thrombus or embolus. For you to receive disability benefits for IHD, you need to provide evidence that shows myocardial ischemia caused your condition.
If you have undergone a heart transplant, Social Security may provide you up to one year of benefits following your surgery, and you may need to receive evaluates after that date to determine your level of impairment.
How to apply for benefits
If you believe that your heart condition qualifies you to receive SSDI benefits, you need to submit a claim for your case. Your medical history and records of physical examinations that confirm the condition you claim affect your ability to work. Commonly, it takes approximately three to four months for a claim determination.