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By Michelle Shvarts
Principal Attorney

Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits due to cardiovascular disorders can be a challenging process, but it’s not impossible. Cardiovascular disorders encompass a wide range of conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels, and they can significantly impact one’s ability to work. In this article, we will explore the path to qualifying for SSDI benefits in Florida when you’re dealing with cardiovascular disorders. Disability Advocates Group is here to guide you through this journey.

Understanding Cardiovascular Disorders

Cardiovascular disorders include conditions such as heart disease, heart failure, coronary artery disease, arrhythmias, and congenital heart defects. These disorders can result in symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, and decreased physical endurance. When severe, they can prevent an individual from maintaining gainful employment.

Qualifying for SSDI Benefits with Cardiovascular Disorders

To qualify for SSDI benefits based on cardiovascular disorders, you must meet the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) criteria for disability. Here are the steps to help you through this process:

1. Gather Medical Evidence

The cornerstone of any SSDI application is strong medical evidence. Collect all relevant medical records, including:

  • Records of cardiac evaluations and tests (ECG, stress tests, echocardiograms).
  • Hospitalization records, if applicable.
  • Medication history and its impact on your condition.
  • Statements from treating cardiologists detailing your diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis.

2. Meet Listing Criteria

The SSA has specific listing criteria for cardiovascular disorders in its “Blue Book.” While not all cardiovascular disorders have dedicated listings, meeting the criteria can increase your chances of approval. Your medical records should demonstrate that your condition meets or equals a listing’s severity.

3. Functional Limitations

Even if you don’t meet a specific listing, you can still qualify for SSDI if your cardiovascular disorder limits your ability to perform substantial gainful activity (SGA). This requires evidence of functional limitations, such as:

  • Inability to perform physical exertion, including walking or lifting.
  • Severe fatigue that prevents you from sustaining work.
  • Frequent chest pain or arrhythmias that disrupt work tasks.
  • Medications causing side effects like dizziness or fatigue.

4. Comply with Treatment

To demonstrate your commitment to improving your condition, it’s essential to comply with your prescribed treatment plan. Non-compliance could be detrimental to your claim.

5. Work with a Social Security Attorney

Navigating the SSDI application process for cardiovascular disorders can be complex. Consulting with an experienced attorney, like those at Disability Advocates Group, can significantly enhance your chances of success. We understand the intricacies of SSDI applications, know the SSA’s requirements, and can advocate effectively on your behalf.

Common Challenges and How Disability Advocates Group Can Help

Applying for SSDI benefits with cardiovascular disorders can be challenging due to the need for comprehensive medical evidence and the potential complexity of your condition. Common challenges include:

  • Incomplete Medical Records: We can help you ensure your medical records are complete and accurately reflect the severity of your condition.
  • Medical Terminology: Understanding medical terminology can be daunting. Our team can decipher complex medical jargon and translate it into a compelling case.
  • Denied Claims: If your initial claim is denied, our experienced attorneys can guide you through the appeals process, addressing any issues that led to the denial and presenting a stronger case on your behalf.

Qualifying for SSDI benefits in Florida with cardiovascular disorders may pose challenges, but with the right approach and the assistance of Disability Advocates Group, you can increase your chances of success. Our dedicated team is here to guide you through every step of the process, from gathering supporting documentation to appealing denials if necessary.

Don’t let your cardiovascular disorder prevent you from securing the benefits you need. Contact Disability Advocates Group today to discuss your SSDI application. We’re committed to helping you navigate the path to financial security and peace of mind.

About the Author
Ms. Shvarts and the rest of the team at Disability Advocates Group are dedicated to assisting individuals in Florida obtain Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.