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Tachycardia and SSA Disability Benefits

Tachycardia (tak-ih-KAHR-de-uh), results when the resting heart rate of a claimant is too fast given the claimant’s age and activity level. An accelerated heart rate occurs when the electrical signals sent across the heart tissue are high, resulting in rapid heartbeats. This increased heart beat can cause the heart to malfunction, increasing the risk of death, heart attacks or strokes. The increased risk of severe heart conditions can also result because the blood is not pumped as efficiently as it should be through the heart, and the heart muscle has an increased need for oxygen.

Most claimants have a heart rate that ranges from 60 to 100 beats per minute, although some high level athletes may have an even slower rate. What symptoms are caused by an increased heart rate and oxygen deprivation?

  1. Rapid heart rate

  2. Dizziness

  3. Shortness of breath

  4. Chest pain

  5. Fainting

  6. Irregular heart rate

  7. Low blood pressure

  8. Weakness

  9. Confusion


Winning SSI or SSDI for Tachycardia


Claimants with a severe heart condition such as tachycardia often have difficulty maintaining employment and wonder if they can get SSDI or SSI benefits. The SSA does award benefits to disabled claimants who are severely disabled and cannot work. To decide whether a claimant can or cannot work they will first evaluate whether the claimant’s condition is on their SSA Listing of Impairments, which is a list with all the conditions and symptoms the SSA considers automatically disabling.

If a claimant’s condition is not on this list they will evaluate whether or not the claimant can continue to work their previous job, current job or retrain for new work given their age, educational level, work history and residual work capacity.

Meeting a Listing on the SSA Listing of Impairments for Tachycardia


Tachycardia will be evaluated under Listing 4.00 Cardiovascular System, section 4.05 Recurrent Arrhythmias. Under this listing the SSA states that the arrhythmias cannot be caused by any condition which is reversible and the SSA will expect that the claimant will have received appropriate medical treatment for their condition.

Winning SSI or SSDI benefits for tachycardia through a medical vocational allowance


Some claimants with tachycardia may meet the listing outlined in the SSA Listing of Impairments but more than likely they will have to prove that they can no longer work and win SSI or SSDI benefits through a medical vocational allowance.

Older claimants will have the most success winning SSDI or SSI benefits through a medical vocational allowance. This will be especially true for claimants over the age of 55 who have never performed sedentary work and who are unable to return to arduous labor. Young workers who do not meet or exceed a listing, who are well-educated and who have performed sedentary labor will have more difficulty winning SSDI or SSI through a medical vocational allowance.

If your condition does not meet a listing you may need to talk to a disability lawyer for more information about how to win your SSI or SSDI case.

Hiring a Disability Lawyer


If you do not have the medical evidence to prove that your tachycardia meets or exceeds a listing you may benefit from the help of a disability lawyer. Disability lawyers can review your medical files and determine what additional evidence you may need to prove you cannot work.
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