Qualifying for Disability Benefits with High Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a fat (also called a lipid) that your body needs to work properly. Too much bad cholesterol in your blood can increase your chance of getting heart disease, stroke, and other problems. Approximately 93 million Americans over 20 years old, or almost 40 percent of the U.S. population, have high cholesterol. To learn more about how the Social Security Administration (SSA) defines this disability, visit Section 4.00 of the Blue Book.

Does High Cholesterol Qualify for Disability?

Although high cholesterol isn’t among the conditions listed in the Blue Book, you may still qualify by matching one of the SSA’s vascular or heart disease listings:

  • Chronic venous insufficiency (4.11) – if your high cholesterol severely disrupts the blood flow to your hips, legs, knees, or ankles, then the SSA may use this listing to review your claim.
  • Ischemic heart disease (4.04) – if your high cholesterol has led to the development of complications with the primary arteries to and from your heart, then the SSA will utilize this disability listing for your claim.
  • Peripheral artery disease (4.12) – if you experience symptoms of high cholesterol and plaque deposits in the veins and arteries that supply blood to your arms, legs, hands, or feet, then your application for benefits may be reviewed under this listing.

If you’re unable to match one of these listings, the SSA may review your high cholesterol claim under its guidelines for hyperlipidemia, which is a condition that causes abnormally high lipid or lipoprotein levels in the blood. Although there is also no listing for hyperlipidemia, the SSA reviews claims for this condition by looking at the areas of the body that are most severely affected.

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 high cholesterol 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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