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Social Security Disability and Cardiac Conditions

At the Law Office of William J. Luse we have dealt with many retirees who live in the Myrtle Beach South Carolina area and suffer from heart problems. When your heart or cardiovascular system in general isn't clicking on all cylinders, it may impinge on your ability to work full time.....or at all. If so, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSC) benefits. Social Security has a "Blue Book" listing of Impairments. If your condition is listed, your chances of qualifying for benefits are good. However, the listing contains only the most severe conditions.

If Social Security determines that you don't qualify under the requirements of their Blue Book listing, you may still be eligible for disability benefits based on your Residual Function Capacity (RFC). Your RFD determines the most you can do given the scope of your functional limitations. Your symptoms and the restrictions your medical doctor has placed on you determine your "rating" of sedentary work, light work, or medium work. If Social Security determines that your physical limitations prevent you from performing any level of full-time work, you will received a medical-vocational allowance. Typically, those with a "medium work" RFC will find getting disability an extremely tough row to hoe.

Commons cardiovascular conditions that may qualify a person for disability benefits include coronary artery disease (narrowing and hardening of the arteries); congestive heart failure; aneurysm; heart arrhythmia; and heart transplant (automatically qualifies the recipient for SSD for one year).

Be mindful that a pacemaker does not necessarily equal disability. In addition, some people eventually recover from a condition due to surgery or medication and may at that point no longer be considered disabled.


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