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Can you get Social Security Disability benefits for a cardiovascular issue?

| Jan 29, 2021 | Social Security Disability Benefits for Illness

While not all heart conditions are totally disabling, there are many that require sufferers to take it easy and not put too much strain on their bodies. Some may be weak or unable to work, while others need one or more surgeries and therapy just to attempt to be healthy again.

If you have a serious cardiovascular condition, it is important that you have the opportunity to seek Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. The stress of working may be too much, and even normal daily tasks may be life-threatening. With SSD, you may be able to receive benefits each month, so you can rest easier knowing that you have the money you need while you focus on your health.

What kinds of evidence do you need to prove you have a serious cardiovascular disability?

If you want to prove that you have a cardiovascular-based disability, you should first get a doctor’s written report to explain what the condition is and how it may affect your ability to work or live normally. The more descriptive the doctor can be, the better. You may also want to get a second specialist to confirm those findings and include that report with the initial report as well.

You may also need to include medical documents, test results, a longitudinal clinical record and any other evidence you can use to support your claim. The Social Security Administration (SSA) wants proof that you have sought treatment and that you are receiving ongoing medical care. It is not allowable merely to show an impairment without receiving treatment. Gathering all of this information can help you build a strong claim and reduce the likelihood of a denial.