Coronary Artery Heart Disease
A heart attack or myocardial infarction (MI), coronary bypass or stent etc., does not guarantee being approved for SSD or SSI. Someone who has had an MI will need to be evaluated to see if any significant level of blockage(s) in bypassed or non-bypassed arteries imposes severe limitations to perform normal daily activities. Due to the possibility of improvement, Social Security would require you wait at least 5 months to see if you are able to return to work. Most claimants are not awarded benefits from having a heart attack, chronic heart failure, congenital heart defects, aneurysms, arrhythmias, peripheral arterial disease or other forms of ischemic heart disease alone. The SSA will want to see the results of a physical exam, blood work and any medical imaging. Approvals are made based on a medical vocational allowance which considers your past work. When you receive a medical vocational allowance, Social Security has determined that you can neither perform your past work, nor be able to switch to some form of work based on your education or skill level.
Congestive Heart Failure
If the heart is unable to pump sufficient quantities of blood to the body, the blood returning to the heart will start to accumulate, resulting in congestion in the heart. Symptoms of congestive heart failure often include shortness of breath, weakness, dizziness and fatigue. Swelling (edema) is also common, as kidneys may be unable to rid the body of excess sodium and water. Severity can be measured in several ways which can include an ejection fraction of 30% or less during rest or three or more separate episodes of heart failure and fluid retention within one year, requiring hospitalization or ER treatment for at least 12 hours. If you are under 50 years old, Social Security will look at your ability to be retrained to do a job with your disability. Over the age of 50, Social Security looks back at any job you have performed the previous 15 years to determine if you can do one of these following any kind of heart event. Please call us or complete the contact form if you have any questions or wish to apply for Social Security Disability
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