Qualifying for Disability Benefits with Heart Failure

Heart failure is a condition in which your heart can’t pump blood well enough to meet your body’s needs. One major study estimates there are 960,000 new heart failure cases annually. To learn more about how the Social Security Administration (SSA) defines this disability, visit Section 4.02 of the Blue Book.

Does Heart Failure Qualify for Disability?

Yes, people with heart failure do qualify, but they need to meet the requirements of the SSA’s guidelines for this disability. Here they are below:

  • You have been diagnosed with heart failure while undergoing prescribed treatment; and
  • There is medically documented evidence of systolic failure with left ventricular end diastolic dimensions greater than 6.0 cm or ejection fraction of 30 percent or less during a period of stability or diastolic failure with left ventricular posterior wall plus septal thickness totaling 2.5 cm or greater on imaging with an enlarged left atrium greater than or equal to 4.5 cm with normal or elevated ejection fraction during a period of stability; and
  • Persistent symptoms of heart failure are present that seriously limit the ability to independently initiate, sustain, or complete activities of daily living or there are three or more separate documented episodes of acute congestive heart failure within a 12-month period or you suffer an inability to perform on an exercise tolerance test at a workload equivalent to 5METs or less.

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 heart failure 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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