4 Common Heart Conditions That Qualify For Disability Benefits

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If you have a heart condition and can’t work you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Anyone who has a disabling condition can apply for Social Security disability benefits. The money from disability benefits can be used to pay for any living or medical expenses. There are many Heart conditions that qualify for disability. Here are some common ones.

Heart Attack

A heart attack happens when one of the arteries that carries blood to the heart or from the heart is blocked. Heart attacks can be minor or very serious depending on whether or not the artery is partially blocked or fully blocked. The requirements that must be met for a heart attack to qualify someone for disability benefits are found in listing 4.00 in the SSA’s Blue Book.

Heart Failure

Heart failure happens when the heart is damaged and doesn’t work the way it should. The heart pumps blood too slowly or stops pumping blood altogether. When this happens a heart transplant may be necessary. There are listing for both heart failure and heart transplant in the SSA’s Blue Book under heading 4.00.

Heart Disease

Heart disease is any damage or injury to the heart that prevents it from working the way it should. Heart disease is progressive, so in the early stages heart disease may not qualify for disability benefits. Check listing 4.00 for the precise requirements that you must meet to quality for disability benefits with heart disease.


A stroke happens when a blood clot breaks free and travels to the heart or to the brain. When the blood clot goes to the heart it can cause major damage to the heart that requires surgery, long-term treatment, or even a heart transplant. Check the Blue Book listing 4.00 to find out exactly what the SSA requires to qualify for disability benefits because of a stroke.

If you’ve had a stroke because a blood clot affected your brain instead of your heart you still may qualify for disability benefits under the listing for a stroke that impacts the brain. You can search through the Blue Book on the SSA’s website to find out what the requirements are to qualify for disability that way.

Get Help With Your Claim

Whenever you file a claim for Social Security disability benefits there are specific requirements that you must meet. And you will have to show medical records and other evidence that proves you meet those requirements.

Before you submit your claim for Social Security disability benefits you should speak with a Social Security disability attorney. A disability attorney can help you fill out the claim forms. They can advise you what types of medical evidence you need to submit. And they can help you make sure that your application is complete before you submit it. Fill out a Free Case Evaluation form now to be connected with an independent disability attorney that may be able to help with your case. 

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