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Heart Disease: Find Out If You Qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance

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TX disability lawyerHeart disease is no longer a “good ol’ boys club.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death for women, responsible for one in four female deaths. Despite increased awareness, only 54 percent of women recognize heart disease as their number one enemy.

More alarmingly, women often differ from their male counterparts in terms of heart-related symptoms. Men often present with the classic, clutching of the chest while almost 64 percent of women with heart disease are unaware that they even have a problem. Women often present without any type of heart-related symptoms at all. For many, feelings of dull chest discomfort, pain in the neck or lower jaw, or pain in the upper abdomen or back are often dismissed or self-diagnosed as stress or anxiety.

Benefits Might Be Available

Perhaps what else may not be evident, is that the Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes heart disease under Section 4.00 Cardiovascular System - Adult, Disability Evaluation Blue Book as an approved medical disorder possibly eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) if all criteria have been met.

If you have been recently diagnosed with a heart condition and find yourself limited or unable to continue with employment, you should consider contacting an experienced SSDI attorney and enlist the cooperation of your medical team to assess your condition in relation to the criteria set forth by the SSA for SSDI. The following is a list of the most common heart disease diagnoses approved for review by the SSA:

  • Chronic Venous Insufficiency – The heart’s inability to pump blood from the legs back to the ventricle, generally resulting in swelling, mobility issues, and painful ulcers.
  • Recurrent Arrhythmias – Irregular heartbeat presenting as rapid or abnormal rhythm.
  • Chronic Heart Failure – Congestive heart failure documented by medical testing records illustrating altered blood flow to the heart.
  • Ischemic Heart Disease – Pre-heart attack condition often a result of arterial problems decreasing oxygen flow within the bloodstream.
  • Hypertensive Heart Disease – Continual high blood pressure that contributes to the lessening of heart functionality.

These are just a few of the approved heart-related conditions considered by the SSA for those seeking SSDI. You may still qualify for benefits even if your condition does not fall categorically under SSA guidelines. If you fall into this category, you will need to prove that your condition prohibits any type of gainful employment as well as the severity of your condition.

Contact a Dallas SSDI Benefits Lawyer

At The Law Offices of Coats & Todd, we strongly protect the rights of our clients to ensure they receive the disability assistance they deserve. Our experienced Texas disability attorneys have the skills and resources to help you obtain the benefits you need because of your qualifying medical condition. Call The Law Offices of Coats & Todd for a free consultation and case evaluation today.

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm

https://www.ssa.gov/disability/professionals/bluebook/4.00-Cardiovascular-Adult.htm

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