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Heart Disease and Social Security Disability Benefits

Cook County Attorney for Social Security Disability Claims

Can I Get Social Security Disability Benefits If I Suffer From Ischemic Heart Disease?

Rest assured that heart disease is recognized by the Social Security Administration and if heart disease is preventing you from working for at least 12 months, you may qualify receive disability benefits whether SSDI or SSI. Should you make the decision to apply for disability benefits, the Social Security Administration will need to determine if your condition is severe enough to meet a listing. In some instances, you may not meet the listing to receive the benefits you need. If this happens, the next step by the administration will be to evaluation your ability to do work my using something called residual functional capacity.

Is There A Specific Listing For Ischemic Heart Disease?

The Social Security Administration recognizes ischemic heart disease under Listing of Impairments 4.04: Ischemic heart disease, which can be found on the Social Security Administration website. However, because most of the listing is structured using medical terminology, it can be quite difficult to know whether you will meet the ischemic heart disease listing. If you or a family member suffers from ischemic heart disease and are unable to work and want to know more about whether you might qualify for Social Security disability benefits (either SSDI or SSI), contact Pearson Disability Law, LLC at 312-999-0999.

If I Do Not Meet The Listing, Is There Another Way To Get Social Security Disability Benefits?

Yes! If you do not meet Listing 4.04 and ischemic heart disease is preventing you from working, you may still qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

If you do not meet the listing for heart disease, you will then likely go to step five of the sequential evaluation process and have to prove that you are incapable of working. Depending on your age, education, work history, and the severity of your heart condition, you may have to prove to the government that you are incapable of performing any full-time job. It is important to think about the symptoms of your heart condition. When applying for disability benefits due to heart disease, think about whether your condition causes severe fatigue or chest pain. Does your pain or numbness radiate to other parts of your body? Are there side effects from your medications that may limit your ability to work or any other medical conditions that impose work related restrictions. These are just a few examples of different things the government will consider when determining whether you are entitled to benefits.

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