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Cardiovascular Conditions

Which Conditions Qualify?

It’s easy to imagine why a person with a severe heart condition would be unable to maintain a fulltime work schedule. Many living with serious cardiovascular impairments are able to qualify for benefits under Section 4.00 of the Disability Evaluation Under Social Security (also known as the Social Security Administration’s ‘Blue Book’).

Section 4.00 describes the minimum medical requirements necessary to qualify for disability benefits with a cardiovascular impairment. In accordance with other sections in the Blue Book, this section describes only the most common and severe conditions. Those living with unlisted conditions (or symptoms) must select the listing that is most similar to their experience.

The disability benefits system is challenging to navigate for many people living with cardiovascular impairments. Working with qualified legal counsel can help applicants attain a fast and favorable outcome when applying for Social Security disability benefits in Knoxville, TN.

Defining ‘Cardiovascular Impairments’

For the purposes of assessing applicants, the SSA defines ‘cardiovascular impairments’ as any disorder that affects the proper functioning of the heart or circulatory system (including arteries, veins, capillaries, and lymphatic drainage). These impairments can be the result of:

  • Chronic heart failure or ventricular dysfunction
  • Discomfort or pain due to myocardial ischemia
  • Syncope (or near syncope) due to inadequate cerebral perfusion
  • Central cyanosis due to right-to-left shunt, reduced oxygen concentration, or pulmonary vascular disease

The SSA considers applicants who were born with their condition (congenitally caused) as well as those who acquired it later in life.

What Medical Evidence Does the SSA Require?

Apart from cases that involve a heart transplant, there are very few circumstances where a person will be automatically awarded benefits. In most situations, the applicant will need to provide extensive medical documentation to support their application. This helps ‘paint a picture’ of the person’s relevant medical history and how their condition impacts their ability to function in a professional environment.

The medical evidence that is necessary for a strong SSI or SSDI application varies depending on the specific condition. Types of documentation that may be required could include laboratory findings, treatments tried, the person’s response to treatment, and notes from all treating physicians.

Social Security Disability Benefits — Knoxville, TN

Our legal team has helped many people attain the benefits they need. We work with each client to understand their condition fully, procure the correct medical documentation, and respond to requests made by the SSA in a timely manner. Working through the process alone can be very challenging for individuals with disabilities, and we seek to clarify their questions and reduce the amount of time spent fighting for benefits.

Are you planning to appeal a decision or apply for Social Security disability benefits in Knoxville, TN? Schedule a free consultation with the dedicated and compassionate legal advocates of Drozdowski & Rabin, PLLC today.

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