Qualifying for Disability Benefits with Heart Attack

A heart attack occurs when the flow of blood to the heart is severely reduced or blocked. The blockage is usually due to a buildup of fat, cholesterol and other substances in the heart (coronary) arteries. Every year about 805,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these, 605,000 are a first heart attack and 200,000 happen in people who have already had a heart attack. To learn more about how the Social Security Administration (SSA) defines this disability, visit Section 4.10 of the Blue Book.

Does Heart Attack Qualify for Disability?

A heart attack in and of itself is not considered a disabling condition by the Social Security Administration, however, the complications that can result from a heart attack could qualify you for disability benefits. Since the most common cause of a heart attack is coronary artery disease (clogged arteries), you could qualify for benefits under the listing for Ischemic Heart Disease. To qualify under Ischemic Heart Disease, your records must show the following:

  • You have severe fatigue with exertion or exercise intolerance
  • You suffer from narrowing of or blockage in the arteries


  • You have had at least three episodes within a 12-month period when a narrowing of the arteries required angioplasty, a stint, or other surgical interventions.

If your heart attack results in severe damage to the heart muscle, then you could potentially qualify for disability benefits under the Chronic Heart Failure section. To qualify under Chronic Heart Failure, your medical records must contain evidence of heart dysfunction in one or more chambers. Your heart failure must limit your ability to accomplish everyday tasks due to severe fatigue, fluid collection in your lungs, or inadequate amounts of oxygen to your brain. If your heart failure is so severe that you will require a heart transplant, you qualify for Social Security disability benefits while you wait for the transplant and for at least one year following the transplant.

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 a heart attack 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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