You always meant to eat better, sleep better, live better—and now your years of putting it off have caught up to you. You feel like your heart attack has been an awakening--a chance to take care of yourself the way you always wanted to. You were forced to take a leave of absence from Frelinghuysen Middle School while you are in recovery, and while it’s given you a chance to focus on your diet, you’re not going to be able to stay out of work forever.

How Heart Attack Patients Can Get Social Security Payments

The good news is that the Social Security Administration allows patients to get disability benefits after a heart attack. However, not all heart attack sufferers will qualify for payments. If you are considering applying for benefits, you will have to wait at least three months after your cardiac event has taken place before submitting an application. This includes patients who have:

  • Undergone corrective cardiac surgery (such as a coronary bypass)
  • Suffered an cute cardiac event (such as heart attack or stroke)
  • Recently started a new medication (such as beta-blockers)

SSA will usually not make a decision in your case until they can determine how much your heart attack has affected your ability to work. This will mean waiting until you have reached a point of medical stability where you are unlikely to relapse and you are responding to your treatment as well as it can be expected.

What Information Should I Send to the SSA to Help My Case?

You will likely undergo many changes in your condition—both positive and negative—during your initial months of healing. You should continue to send any relevant information, such as physical exams, lab test results, new drug therapies, imaging tests, and recurring symptoms that arise from your treatment. Your doctor should also provide a detailed personal and familial medical history, as well as his prognosis for your recovery. Your surgical notes may also be useful if there is any mention of future complications, weaknesses, or a likelihood of additional surgeries.

The SSA can make a ruling in your case whenever it has enough evidence to make its determination. However, you may qualify for benefits sooner if you meet SSA requirements for a cardiovascular condition. Find out more about getting payments for a heart attack caused by work stress, or click the chat link at the bottom of this page to ask us a question about your case.


SSD can be confusing; that's why it's important to have a New Jersey lawyer on your side to help you. If you believe you are eligible for Social Security Disability, contact Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. Mr. Ricciardelli has over twenty years of legal experience and will help you build your case. Call today for your free consultation at (973) 285-1100 or fill out our online contact form

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