Also referred to as heart disease,cardiovascular disease refers to a range of conditions that involve impairments to the functioning of the heart and its surrounding blood vessels (i.e., arteries, veins and capillaries). Although some cases of cardiovascular disease may be effectively treated with surgery and/or medication, in the most severe cases, this condition can significantly impair a person’s ability to perform mundane daily activities and, consequently, could interfere with his ability to hold down a job and earn a living.

Types of Cardiovascular Diseases Are Qualifying Conditions for Disability Benefits

Some of the most common types of cardiovascular diseases that may result in an affected person qualifying for federal disability benefits include (but are not limited to):

  • Coronary artery disease, also referred to as ischemic heart disease, which is a condition in which plaque builds up in the heart’s arteries (and, in turn, increases the risk of heart attacks)
  • Congenital heart disease, a condition in which heart defects have been present since birth
  • Endocarditis, the swelling of the inner wall of the heart
  • Cardiomyopathy, the deterioration of the heart muscle
  • Congestive heart failure, a condition in which the heart is unable to effectively pump blood to maintain the flow of blood for the body
  • Arrhythmias, abnormal heartbeat.

Qualifying for Disability Benefits for Heart Disease

People suffering from any type of cardiovascular disease will have to provide specific forms of proof to the Social Security Administration (SSA) in order to obtain the disability benefits that they need. Among the necessary proof required by the SSA is medical documentation relating to the nature and severity of the applicant’s condition, as well as the specific types of symptoms the person has and the symptoms’ specific impacts on the individual in question. Documentation to this end will generally have to come from:

  • The applicant’s primary care physician
  • Specialists and/or surgeons who may have treated the applicant in the past
  • The applicant’s medical records.

Portland Social Security Disability and SSI Lawyer at the Law Firm of Richard A. Sly

If you or a loved one is living with any type of heart disease that has impacted your (or their) ability to earn a living, our Portland Social Security Disability and SSI lawyer Richard A. Sly wants to speak with you to inform you of your rights and entitlements.

For more than three decades, Richard A. Sly has been dedicated to helping his clients navigate the complexities of the Social Security system while advocating their rights at every step along the way. While he is skilled at building his clients the strongest possible cases so they have optimal chances of securing benefits the first time they present their case, he also has a proven track record of success when it comes to handling denials or appeals. In fact, his primary goal is to help each of his clients obtain the maximum possible disability benefits so they can focus on their health and future.

To discuss your case for free and get your claim started at no cost, call us toll free at 503-224-0436 or email us using the form on the upper right side of this page. We offer free initial consultations, are conveniently located in downtown Portland near public transportation, and serve clients throughout the states of Washington and Oregon.