SSD – Cardiovascular System Impairment
Ischemic Heart Disease
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI or SSD)
Is a payroll-funded program to supplement the income of those unable to work due to disability.
General Qualifications for SSD Eligibility
For you to be eligible for SSD, your disability must last for at least a year or be terminal. You must also be under age 65 to be eligible, as 65 is normally the age of Medicare eligibility.
To be eligible for SSD, you must have accumulated a prescribed number of Social Security credits (normally accumulated through work experience and payment into Social Security) during the 10 years immediately preceding disability. Requirements vary according to age, and if you suffer disability before age 23 you may be able to draw on your parents’ Social Security credits without affecting your parents’ eligibility for SSD.
Cardiovascular System Impairment and SSD
A cardiovascular system impairment can be any congenital or acquired disorder affecting proper functioning of the heart or circulatory system. Cardiovascular impairment is a result of heart disease.
Cardiovascular impairments include arrhythmia, chronic heart failure, certain conditions affecting the veins and arteries, and Ischemic heart disease.
Ischemic heart disease (IHD)
Is a condition resulting from narrowing, obstruction, or constriction of coronary arteries and interfering with the normal flow of blood to the heart muscle, or ischemia. IHD is often accompanied by various forms of angina, or chest pain, and can lead to death of heart tissue, resulting in a heart attack.
Because Ischemic heart disease can affect your ability to work, the Social Security Administration recognizes IHD as a qualifying condition for SSD.
If you meet the general qualifications for Social Security Disability eligibility and Ischemic heart disease makes it impossible for you to engage in substantial gainful activity, you may qualify for SSD benefits based on your disability.
To be evaluated for disability, you will need to submit a detailed medical history, a physical examination report, laboratory studies, and any prescribed treatment and response to treatment. A longitudinal clinical record covering at least a three-month period of observations and treatment is required in most cases.
For further details about evaluation of Ischemic heart disease for disability benefits, click here.
For more information about disability conditions relating to cardiovascular impairment, click here.
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