According to the Centers for Disease Control, coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. People who are suffering from this condition, which is also sometimes referred to as ischemic heart disease or coronary artery disease, may qualify for social security disability benefits. In order to do so, however, sufferers must demonstrate that they suffer from at least one of a list of qualifying conditions.

Social Security Disability Benefits for Heart Disease Requires These Symptoms

Coronary heart disease is caused by a buildup of plaque inside the coronary arteries. This then creates a narrowing and hardening of the arteries. The arteries are responsible for supplying blood and oxygen to the heart. When the arteries are compromised, victims may experience slowed or stopped blood flow to the heart. Heart attack, pain, and shortness of breath may all occur as a result. Some victims find themselves unable to work due to an inability to exert themselves or chronic pain.

Fortunately, the Social Security Administration does recognize ischemic heart disease as a disability included in its listing of impairments. In order to qualify, however, you must demonstrate that you suffer from at least one of the following related conditions:

  1. Silent Ischemia. Silent ischemia is a myocardial ischemia or a myocardial infarction that is not accompanied by any pain or other symptoms.
  2. Angina pectoris. Angina pectoris is discomfort in the chest that is caused by activity or emotion and is quickly relieved by rest.
  3. Atypical angina. Atypical angina is a pain or discomfort in areas other than the chest. Common locations for atypical angina include the inner left arm, the jaw, the neck, the back, and the upper abdomen.
  4. Variant angina. A variant angina is characterized by episodes of angina at rest that are caused by a spasm of a coronary artery.
  5. Angina equivalent. Angina equivalent consists of shortness of breath on exertion that is not accompanied by chest pain or discomfort.

If you can successfully demonstrate that you have at least one of the above symptoms, you may qualify for benefits. To ensure a successful application, contact our offices to find out how we can help you gather the necessary evidence and present a winning claim.

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