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Quadruple Bypass Surgery and SSA Disability

I had a quadruple bypass can I get SSDI or SSI?

The heart is one of the most important organs in the body. Within the heart the coronary arteries are an important component supplying  blood to different areas of the heart. If the coronary arteries in an individual become clogged (coronary artery disease), due to fat or cholesterol, this can cause the flow of blood to slow too much through the heart, resulting in severe health conditions.

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Common conditions can include increased risk of heart attack, heart disease or chest pain. If multiple arteries are blocked this will cause significant risk to the heart and surgical intervention is generally required.

Coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) or quadruple bypass, as it is more commonly known, restores the blood flow to the heart as surgeons redirect the blood either by detaching the artery and reattaching it to another coronary artery or using another vein to detour around the blocked area. Regardless of the method used, the goal of the quadruple bypass surgery is to allow the blood to have a new path through the heart to adequately feed the heart muscle and increase the flow of blood to the heart.

There are some risks with the quadruple bypass surgery including stroke, infection, heart attack, bleeding, chest pains or death. The life expectancy after surgery is approximately 10 to 15 years, but claimants who modify their lifestyle (quit drinking, smoking, start exercising and reduce unhealthy dietary habits) may increase their life expectancy.

Will I be able to work after my quadruple bypass surgery?

The main question for disability claimants after their quadruple bypass surgery is, “Will I be able to go back to work?” Generally, depending on the surgery, complications, other health conditions and type of work the claimant is qualified to perform, many claimants can return to some type of sedentary work within three to four months post-operation.

Some claimants who have severe heart conditions or quadruple bypass surgery may never be able to return to strenuous or heavy work, especially older claimants.

Winning SSDI or SSI benefits for Quadruple Bypass Surgery

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has two methods for determining if a worker is disabled and unable to perform substantial gainful activities: their condition is listed on the SSA Listing of Impairment or Blue Book (a list of conditions the SSA considers automatically disabling) or by proving that their condition is so severe they are no longer able to perform substantial gainful activity (this is done through a medical vocational allowance).

Meeting a Listing in the SSA Listing of Impairments

Heart conditions are evaluated under listing 4.00 Cardiovascular System. Claimants may be able to prove that their heart condition “meets or exceeds” a listing in this section. The conditions listed in this listing include ischemic heart disease, chronic heart failure, recurrent arrhythmias, symptomatic congenital heart disease, aneurysm of the aorta, chronic venous insufficiency, and peripheral arterial disease.

The SSA will evaluate the claimant’s heart condition almost entirely on the claimant’s medical records, including statements made by their treating physicians.

Winning SSDI or SSI through a medical vocational allowance

The claimants who are most likely to win benefits after a quadruple bypass heart surgery are those who have worked heavy labor their entire lives, who are over the age of 55 and who can prove that they do not have the ability to work their current job, any previous job or retrain for new work.

Claimants who are young, who have worked sedentary work and who are highly educated will be less likely to be able to prove that they cannot retrain for new work after quadruple bypass surgery and will generally be denied SSI or SSDI benefits.
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