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Did You Know that Heart Disease May Qualify You for Disability Benefits?

March 17, 2021 Disability

Suffering from heart disease and other serious cardiovascular health conditions can be complicated and overwhelming.  Unfortunately, the SSD application process can also be complex.  If you have a heart condition and need assistance with applying for disability benefits with the Social Security Administration (SSA) because you are unable to work, an experienced Baltimore SSD lawyer at the Law Office of Emmett B. Irwin can help you with the application process so you can focus on what is most important – your health. 

The SSA’s Blue Book on Heart Disease

If you are unable to work because of your heart condition, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits if you satisfy certain medical criteria as required by the SSA. The agency administers the Social Security Disability Income (SSD) program, and SSD provides financial benefits to individuals who have qualifying disabilities.  

The SSA uses a medical guide called the Blue Book when evaluating an SSD application to evaluate whether the applicant’s medical condition is a qualifying disability. The Blue Book includes medical criteria for the SSD application examiner that must be satisfied for a condition, such as heart disease, to qualify as a medical disability for purposes of Social Security disability.  

According to Section 4.01 of the Blue Book, a cardiovascular impairment is a disorder that affects the heart’s proper functioning or the circulatory system, which may include arteries, veins, capillaries, and lymphatic drainage.  There are a variety of different heart conditions that may qualify an applicant for Social Security disability benefits, including but not limited to: 

  • Chronic heart failure 
  • Ischemic heart disease 
  • Coronary artery disease 
  • Congestive heart failure 
  • Aneurysm  

Many applications for SSD benefits are denied.  If you suffer from heart disease or other cardiovascular conditions, contact a Baltimore SSD lawyer at the Law Office of Emmett B. Irwin for help determining whether you may have a good chance of qualifying for disability benefits with your condition.  We have decades of experience handling Social Security disability cases and are standing by to answer any of your SSD application questions.  We can help you collect the medical evidence you need to prove to the SSA that your heart condition is, in fact, a qualifying disability.  We have experience in every step of the SSD process from the very beginning with the application all the way through to an appeal, if necessary. 

Would You Like to Apply for SSD Benefits? Contact a Baltimore SSD Lawyer Today for a Free Case Evaluation

If you suffer from heart disease or other cardiovascular conditions and have questions about applying for Social Security disability, you should contact an experienced Baltimore SSD lawyer who understands how the disability application process works and can help you with your application.  An experienced disability lawyer at the Law Office of Emmett B. Irwin can assist you with your Social Security disability case. Contact us today for a free case evaluation. We work with clients throughout Maryland and surrounding states.