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SSA Bluebook definition: Cardiovascular Systems

In the SSA’s Disability Evaluation Under Social Security, section 4.00 is dedicated to the Cardiovascular System. This section outlines the requirements for conditions that affect the proper functioning of the heart, the arteries, veins, and other aspects of the circulatory system.

According to the Social Security’s listing of impairments, the conditions which are considered for cardiovascular disability can be either congenital or acquired. This means that those born with a heart condition are just as eligible to receive disability benefits as those who developed their condition later in life. The SSA only considers applicants whose condition is expected to last at least a year or until death.

Our Olympia disability attorney can help you understand how this listing relates to your condition and how it can help you submit a strong application or appeal for benefits.

What Heart Conditions Qualify For Disability?

Only the most severe and common cardiac conditions can be found under the Cardiovascular Systems listing in the SSA’s Blue Book; however, these are not the only conditions that can be considered. The SSA also considers applicants with alternative cardiovascular conditions or a combination of conditions who apply under an equal listing in this section.

The cardiovascular conditions assessed under this section include (but are not limited to):

  • heart transplant
  • chronic heart failure or ventricular dysfunction
  • myocardial ischemia (with or without necrosis of heart muscle) 
  • aneurysm of aorta or major branches
  • central cyanosis due to right-to-left shunt
  • reduced oxygen concentration in the arterial blood
  • pulmonary vascular disease
  • disorders of the veins or arteries

Who Will Automatically Qualify for Benefits?

Those who are the recipient of an organ transplant (such as a heart transplant) automatically qualify for disability benefits. In general, the closer your condition and symptoms match an existing listing, the more likely you are to receive a fast approval. If it’s important that you get your response as quickly as possible, working with a qualified Olympia disability attorney can make a big difference. Our attorney can help you avoid unnecessary delays by collecting your paperwork, submitting your application on time, and responding to any requests from the SSA.

Do Heart Stents Qualify for Disability?

The implementation of a heart stent can be a necessary and life-saving measure. It is common for a person to have a heart stent placed after a heart attack. Some are surprised to learn that having a heart attack and receiving a stent may not be enough to qualify them for disability. Though this scenario often requires a person to take some time off work, it is not very common that heart attack-related complications will extend sedentary recovery to a full year. 

Our Olympia Disability Attorney Can Help

Attorney Kenneth N. Gormly has helped many people living with cardiovascular conditions attain the Social Security benefits that they need. Our law office can help ensure that the necessary paperwork is collected and submitted at the appropriate times. To discuss your disability or claim with us, please call 253-274-0500 to schedule your free consultation.

Kenneth N Gormly

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Tacoma, WA 98402

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