Qualifying for Disability Benefits with Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

Peripheral artery disease (also called peripheral arterial disease) is a common condition in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to the arms or legs. In peripheral artery disease (PAD), the legs or arms — usually the legs — don’t receive enough blood flow to keep up with demand. This may cause leg pain when walking (claudication) and other symptoms. One in every 20 Americans over the age of 50 has PAD. To learn more about how the Social Security Administration (SSA) defines this disability, visit Section 4.00 of the Blue Book.

Does Peripheral Artery Disease Qualify for Disability?

Yes, people with peripheral artery disease (PAD) do qualify, but they need to meet the requirements of the SSA’s guidelines for this disability. Here they are below:

  • A doctor must diagnose the disease. He or she must document your diagnosis and treatment, including how you respond to any medication or lifestyle changes that have been prescribed.
  • You must have at least three months of documented treatment. If there has not been enough time for a treatment to work, the Social Security Administration may require documentation of extended treatment before approving benefits.
  • You must have images from a Doppler study (ultrasound) or angiogram.
  • You experience muscle pain during exercise or when you walk that goes away when you rest, along with:
  1. A resting ankle-brachial index of less than 0.5, or
  2. A resting toe-brachial index of less than 0.4, or
  3. Resting toe systolic blood pressure lower than 30 mm Hg, or
  4. A drop in systolic blood pressure at the ankle during exercise that is at least 50 percent below the level before exercise and requires at least 10 minutes to return to the pre-exercise level.

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 peripheral artery disease 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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