Heart Conditions and Social Security Disability

The heart is the engine that drives the body and when this organ fails, death is most often the result. Even so, not all heart conditions may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits in Michigan. In fact, even a heart attack is not enough on its own to qualify. Social Security Disability serves workers who may not be able to return to work in the next 12 months, but many people who suffer from a heart attack are back behind the desk in a few weeks to a few months.

According to the Disability Benefits Help organization, patients who suffered from a heart attack may attempt to qualify through a Blue Book listing. Even though the heart attack itself may not qualify a patient for Social Security Disability benefits, the underlying cause of the heart attack may qualify. Failing this, some people may still be able to qualify by completing a residual functional capacity analysis through medical records.

The Disability Benefits Center shares a list of heart conditions that are most likely to have successful Social Security Disability claims. These include the following:

  • Chronic Heart Failure
  • Recurrent Arrhythmias
  • Hypertensive Heart Disease
  • Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Note that there are various conditions not specifically outlined by the Social Security Administration that may still allow a person to qualify for benefits. Generally speaking, the patient needs to show that the condition leads to pain even without exertion or passing out. While not the only way to demonstrate interference with the ability to work, these are perhaps the two most likely reasons to be accepted where heart conditions are concerned.