Every year, over 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition to newly developed heart disease in adults, many children are born with heart defects. It is estimated that over 1 million children and 1.4 million adults have a congenital heart defect. Heart disease or a heart defect can affect your ability to perform certain occupations, as such, some heart conditions will qualify you to receive Social Security disability benefits.
There are some heart conditions that will typically qualify an applicant for SSD benefits per the SSA’s Listing of Impairments. Common heart conditions that may allow you to receive SSD benefits include:
It is important to note that a heart attack, while a traumatic event, will not alone qualify you for SSD benefits. Many heart attack survivors will go on to live for many disability free years after the heart attack. As such, the SSA will require a showing of more than a heart attack. You will need to demonstrate a heart condition within the Listing of Impairments and show that the heart condition has limited your ability to work. Often, the SSA will wait to decide your claim until several months after your heart attack to assess your recovery.