Qualifying for Disability Benefits with Chest Pain

Chest pain is defined as discomfort in the chest including a dull ache, a crushing or burning feeling, a sharp stabbing pain, and pain that radiates to the neck or shoulder. Chest pain accounts for approximately 7.6 million annual visits to emergency departments in the United States, making chest pain the second most common complaint. To learn more about how the Social Security Administration (SSA) defines this disability, visit Section 4.10 of the Blue Book.

Does Chest Pain Qualify for Disability?

Yes, however there are several different listings within the Blue Book that chest pain may fall under. These include:

  • Chronic pulmonary insufficiency
  • Symptomatic congenital heart disease
  • Peripheral neuropathies
  • Ischemic heart disease

Each of these listings contains specific criteria that you will need to meet in order to receive approval. Examples of possible criteria include:

  • Having an obstruction of the pulmonary that results in elevated blood pressure
  • Intermittent right-to-left shunting resulting in cyanosis


  • Significant limitations to the ability to independently initiate or sustain activities of daily living

If the origin of your chest pain does not meet any of the listed requirements in the Blue Book, there are still ways to receive a vocational allowance. This is achieved by submitting a physical residual functional capacity assessment. This assessment evaluates your ability to complete common workplace tasks. If your chest pain significantly restricts your ability to perform these tasks, you may be approved for benefits.

How Do I Apply for Disability Benefits?

To apply for disability benefits, it’s important to understand the disability application process. If you’ve been diagnosed with chest pain and believe you may qualify, contact us today for a free disability case evaluation.

You could be entitled to $3,822 a month. See if you qualify today!

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