Whether you have ischemic heart disease or coronary artery disease, heart disease, especially after one or more heart attacks, can preclude your ability to work even a sedentary job. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) details the following signs and symptoms associated with coronary artery disease:
-Shortness of breath
-Chest pain or discomfort
-Lightheadedness or fainting
-Severe fatigue, low energy, and/or difficulty sleeping
-Rapid heart beat
If your heart disease causes you to feel intense fatigue and shortness of breath to the point that you spend almost all of you time at home lying down in bed or in a recliner or attending medical appointments in an effort to treat heart disease, there is a strong possibility that you are medically eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits. More specifically, if you are unable to perform sedentary or light work due to severe heart disease, depending on your age, you may be eligible for SSDI and/or SSI benefits, even if you do not meet the requirements of one of Social Security’s cardiovascular listings.
To learn more about whether you or a loved one may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits based on the functional limitations caused by your heart disease, please call Viner Disability Law or complete a contact form on this site.