Coronary Artery Disease
Coronary artery disease, also known as ischemic heart disease, is a common form of heart disease and a leading cause of heart attacks. It is estimated that about 7% of Americans between the ages of 45 and 64, especially men, suffer from this illness. If you need to file a claim for Social Security disability benefits due to heart disease, or need to file an appeal because your claim has been denied, the Boston disability benefits attorneys at Kantrovitz & Associates can help. We have spent over two decades representing individuals in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. As seasoned Social Security attorneys, we have accumulated the familiarity with this complex are needed to navigate all types of cases, appeals, and medical determinations.Coronary Artery Disease and Disability Benefits
Social Security disability benefits are available to individuals who no longer can hold a job because they have a disease or other condition that is anticipated to last at least one year or result in death. The Social Security Administration maintains a Listing of Impairments, which catalogues medical conditions that are thought to be significant enough to prevent a person from working. People with these conditions are likely eligible for disability benefits.
Section 4.04 of the Listing addresses ischemic heart disease and describes the symptoms that may qualify an individual to receive disability benefits. Ischemic heart disease is caused by the narrowing or obstruction of the vessels that supply blood to the heart. Insufficient blood supply to the heart can cause heart muscle tissue to die, which leads to a heart attack. This section requires that an individual’s symptoms of heart disease include chest pain, pain in other places, or shortness of breath without chest pain. To show eligibility for Social Security benefits, the suffering individual also must have one or more of the following:
- An atypical stress test, which is a cardiac stress test designed to identify heart or vascular disease;
- A history of successive events related to blood vessels, each of which required angioplasty or bypass surgery, or could not be solved by surgery; or
- A diagnosis of coronary artery disease that is demonstrated by angiography or other appropriate imaging tests
These tests might show narrowing or blockage of an artery that results in debilitating limitations to normal, daily activities. If you have been diagnosed with coronary artery disease or are experiencing the debilitating symptoms described above, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. To give yourself a strong chance of receiving them, however, you should enlist an experienced attorney to work with your health care providers and you. The lawyer can help you make sure that you have all of the medical records, tests results, and paperwork required to make a successful disability application.Discuss Your Claim with a Massachusetts Social Security Attorney
If you are a Massachusetts resident wondering whether your heart disease qualifies you for disability benefits, the Social Security lawyers at Kantrovitz & Associates can help. We are experienced advocates who are available to help beneficiaries in Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, and Suffolk Counties, as well as the Merrimack River area. Contact us today by calling toll-free at 1-800-367-0871 or emailing us via the contact form on our website.