Cardiovascular Conditions

Cardiovascular impairments can happen at any stage in life: a heart attack at age 60 or an inherited heart disease at age 4. Disabilities resulting from problems in the body's cardiovascular system can keep a person from engaging in normal activities, such as working and earning a wage. If you are unable to work because of a cardiovascular condition, you have options for replacing your lost income.

Disability benefits can help replace lost wages due to cardiovascular diseases. The Coye Law Firm can help your claim whether it is through the Social Security Administration, disability insurance, or the Department of Veteran's Affairs.

Types of Cardiovascular Conditions

The Social Security Administration defines a cardiovascular impairment as "any disorder that affects the proper functioning of the heart or circulatory system...[such as the] arteries, veins, capillaries, and the lymphatic drainage." These include:
  • heart disease
  • heart failure
  • cardiomyopathy
  • ventricular dysfunction
  • pulmonary vascular disease
  • vein or artery disorders (obstructions, ruptures, or aneurysms)
  • peripheral vascular disease (problems in the extremities)
Cardiovascular problems can develop over a person's life or be present from birth. If the condition interferes with daily functioning enough to be considering disabling, then a person or child may receive benefits to make up for their hardships.

Cardiovascular Conditions as a Disability

Being diagnosed with a cardiovascular disease or condition isn't enough to get benefits. You will need to demonstrate how the health problems affect your or your child's daily routine. In your disability claim, include specific descriptions of how your cardiovascular problems affect your ability to:
  • work
  • perform basic functions of living (eating, breathing, sleeping, etc)
  • communicate
  • take care of one's self (bathing, grooming, etc)
  • perform mental functions (concentrating, thinking, remembering, etc)

Your chances of being approved for disability benefits after your initial application are much higher if you can show how your life has been affected. If your initial application is denied, you can appeal the decision with the help of an experienced disability lawyer.

Your ability to earn an adequate income rests on your health. If your heart problem or circulatory condition makes it impossible for you to work, you may be able to replace your wages with disability benefits. Children with cardiovascular conditions are also entitled to benefits if they live with a family with limited income or resources. 

Supplemental Security Income and Social Security disability programs recognize cardiovascular conditions as disabilities. Whether or not a disability insurance policy recognizes the condition as a disability depends on the terms of the contract. If your heart or circulatory problems are the result of active duty in the U.S. military, then you may be compensated through the Department of Veteran's Affairs. 

Call the Coye Law Firm to pursue an appeal for your denied disability claim. Our experienced and compassionate lawyers can consult you on your appeal and make sure you are getting all the benefits you are entitled to. Don't delay your application or appeal if you're living with a disability.