Qualifying for Disability Benefits with Recurrent Arrhythmia

An arrhythmia is a disruption to the electrical system that normally keeps your heart’s upper chambers (atria) and lower chambers (ventricles) beating in a steady, coordinated rhythm. It can cause your heart to beat too quickly, too slowly, or in a chaotic, inefficient manner. Repeated episodes of heart rhythm disturbances are called “recurrent arrhythmia.” They present some treatment challenges and a greater risk of complications. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 12.1 million people in the United States experience heart arrhythmias. To learn more about how the Social Security Administration (SSA) defines this disability, visit Section 4.05 of the Blue Book.

Does Recurrent Arrhythmia Qualify for Disability?

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

  • your arrhythmia must cause syncope (fainting or loss of consciousness) or near-syncope (altered consciousness) on at least three different occasions in 12 consecutive months
  • you must have an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) that shows a connection between your arrhythmia and your episodes of syncope or near-syncope
  • the episodes must occur even though you’ve been following your doctor’s treatment, and
  • your arrhythmia cannot be due to a reversible condition (such as an adverse reaction to medication).

If your abnormal heart rhythm doesn’t cause you to faint or almost faint, or medication can control your fainting, you won’t likely be eligible for disability benefits. But if you’re regularly fainting despite medication, you might be able to meet the requirements of the listing.

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 recurrent arrhythmia 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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