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Coronary Heart Disease and SSD Benefits

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a narrowing of the small blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart. Obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking, lack of exercise, and chronic kidney disease can all contribute to an increased risk of heart disease.

Claimants who have coronary heart disease may experience a variety of symptoms including chest pain, pressure in their chest, breast bone, neck, stomach, arms or upper back, difficulty breathing and fatigue.

Treatment for heart disease will vary for claimants, depending on the severity of the condition, but can consist of ACE inhibitors to lower blood pressure and protect your heart and kidneys, aspirin, diuretics, nitrates, statins, and beta blockers.

If you have a disabling health condition that is expected to last for 12 continuous months and your impairment is so severe that you are unable to perform substantial work (making more than $1000 per month) you may qualify for one of two disability programs offered by the Federal Government and administered by the Social Security Administration. These programs are the Social Security Disability Insurance program (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income program (SSI).

To qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) you must also have worked long enough and paid enough taxes to be considered "insured". To determine if you are insured you can contact the SSA at 1-800-772-1213 or you can preview your most recent SSA statement of earnings. The statement of earnings will also outline your estimated Social Security Disability Insurance payment amount if you do qualify for earnings. If you do not have your most recent statement you can contact the SSA at 1-800-772-1213 and they can give you an estimated payment amount.

Claimants who have not worked or have worked and not paid taxes may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) which is offered to the blind, disabled, or aged (65 years or older) who are unable to perform substantial work for at least 12 continuous months and who have VERY limited income and resources.

Do you qualify for SSDI or SSI for Coronary Heart Disease?

Claimants may qualify for either SSI or SSDI either by “meeting a listing” (having a condition which is listed on the SSA Listing of Impairments) or proving their heart condition is so severe they cannot work.

Meeting a Listing for Coronary Heart Disease

The SSA has several listings for the cardiovascular system which consider disabling including chronic heart failure, ischemic heart disease, and cardiomyopathy. Claimants will need medical evidence of their condition including angiograms, echocardiography, and electrocardiography to assess the severity of the heart disease.

Claimants whose condition does not meet a listing can attempt to prove their condition is so severe they are unable to perform their current job, past relevant work or retrain for new employment. The SSA will review the age, education, work experience, and health condition of the claimant to determine if they could find new employment. The SSA has rules called medical vocational rules that they use to assist with this decision.

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