October 2, 2014

Heart Disease and Social Security Disability

Heart Disease and Social Security Disability

One of the hottest health topics today is heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S. which has become a considerable focus of the healthcare and medical industries. For the numerous individuals who are suffering with this malady, it is usually a debilitating and disabling condition which prevents them from living a normal life and engaging in daily activities. This is especially true where their ability to work and earn a living is concerned. Heart disease is defined as any disease or disorder of the heart which inhibits the normal function of this critically important human organ.

Medicine Plus lists over 20 different diseases or disorders involving the human heart. Additionally, the most common form of heart disease results from a hardening or narrowing of the arteries that leads to your heart. In any case, you are physically challenged as a result of this which makes it extremely difficult for you to perform numerous tasks of everyday life, including your ability to work at your job.

Since receiving Social Security Disability for heart disease depends on how disabling the medical condition is, you have to prove that you are physically unable to work and perform other tasks. Here are some things which make a weakened heart such a disabling condition worthy of being awarded SSDI benefits for:

  • Anxiety and nervousness resulting from heart palpitations which hinders your ability to pay attention or concentrate
  • Lack of physical energy and stamina which prevents you from being active in everyday life
  • Medications prescribed for your condition make you drowsy or nauseate you
  • Needing to rest frequently and tiring easily

Any one or a combination of the above is going to seriously impair your ability to work and earn a living. Depending on the physical requirements of your job, you may not be able to work at all, and in the more severe cases of heart disease, even the simplest of job tasks is almost impossible. What is critical to consider is whether or not your condition has progressed to this stage and would even prevent you from performing the most unskilled of jobs. If this is the case, you may be entitled to receive SSDI benefits.

SSDI benefits for heart disease are usually rewarded based on proving that you meet three critical criteria:

  • You meet the requirements mandated by legal cardiovascular disease listings of the SSA based on an independent medical examination as well as one performed by your physician or a cardiovascular specialist
  • You follow specific “grid rules” (guidelines) which are usually limited to those individuals aged 50 years or older, who have a limited education, and a background of performing unskilled labor
  • Your functional ability to work has been severely restricted by certain aspects such as anxiety relating to your future on your job because of your heart issues, frequent bouts with chest pain, and continual shortness of breath after minimal activity