Heart damage derailed your ability to work and support your family?
Get Coronary Artery Disease Disability Benefits.
Coronary artery disease (CAD) affects more than 15 million Americans, making it the most common form of heart disease. It is caused by the buildup of plaque ― basically fat and cholesterol ― in the heart’s arteries.
This buildup, called atherosclerosis, hardens the arteries and obstructs the flow of blood to the heart. The decreased blood flow can lead to chest pain, shortness of breath or a heart attack.
Because coronary artery disease develops over time, many people don’t notice a problem until they have significant blockage or a heart attack. Some people are able to treat their condition with medical procedures, medication and lifestyle changes, while many others may have severe, lifelong functional limitations.
Individuals suffering from coronary artery disease may not be able to work or carry out routine activities. Not only does this present physical challenges, but it poses serious money problems, as well.
Luckily, a financial safety net is available.
If you are suffering from coronary artery disease and can no longer work, there’s a good chance you may qualify for Coronary Artery Disease Disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. If approved, you will receive a monthly cash payment, early Medicare and, quite possibly, a lump sum of accrued back pay.
Getting Disability benefits is not as easy as 1-2-3. It takes time, effort and energy, something you probably don’t have a lot of right now. The quickest route to a favorable outcome is to secure the services of a Disability firm that deals with the federal government on a daily basis.
The Disability team at McDonald Law Firm has helped thousands of people across the country. It would be our privilege to help you, too.
How does the Social Security Administration (SSA) decide who qualifies for Coronary Artery Disease Disability benefits?
People who suffer from coronary artery disease, also known as coronary heart disease or ischemic heart disease, may be declared disabled by the SSA during the application stage if they meet certain criteria. In order to get approved at the beginning of the Disability process, you must be experiencing symptoms of “myocardial ischemia” such as:
- Angina Pectoris ― chest discomfort that is brought on by activity or emotion and promptly relieved by rest or nitroglycerin tablets.
- Atypical Angina ― pain or discomfort in areas other than the chest, such as the inner arm, jaw, neck, back or upper abdomen.
- Anginal Equivalent ― shortness of breath but no chest pain or pressure.
- Variant Angina ― episodes of angina at rest caused by the spasm of a coronary artery.
- Silent Ischemia ― the occurrence of myocardial ischemia or infarction without any pain or symptoms.
In addition to the symptoms described above, the SSA requires that you also have one of the following ― an abnormal stress test, ischemic episodes, or abnormal imaging results.
Abnormal Stress Test – This is very technical, but a stress test is considered “abnormal” if you are exercising at a load that is equal or less than 5 METs and it causes one of the following:
- Horizontal or downsloping ST segment depression of at least -0.10 millivolts lasting at least a minute into the recovery phase.
- A minimum of 0.1 millivolt of ST segment evaluation during exercise lasting a minute or more into the recovery phase.
- A reduction of systolic blood pressure by 10 mm HG or more below the baseline pressure.
- Documentation of exercise level of 5 METs or less on a medically accepted imaging study such as an EKG.
Ischemic Episodes – You must have had three separate ischemic episodes within a consecutive 12-month period. Each episode must require revascularization, such as angioplasty or bypass surgery.
Abnormal Imaging Results – If taking an exercise tolerance test is too risky, the SSA will accept an angiography or other medically acceptable imaging device that shows coronary artery disease. The angiographic evidence must show 50 to 70 percent narrowing of a coronary artery that has not been bypassed. Your CAD must also severely limit your everyday activities.
Don’t meet the SSA’s criteria? Don’t bow out.
Even if you don’t think you will meet the SSA’s strict criteria to qualify for Coronary Artery Disease Disability benefits, you should still file a Social Security Disability application. If you can show through medical evidence that your condition prevents you from working any job within your skill set ― even sedentary or light work ― you could still win benefits.
Don’t worry, the Disability team at McDonald Law Firm will guide the way.
Denied Coronary Artery Disease Disability? It’s not over.
The unfortunate truth is that most people who apply for Social Security Disability benefits are denied during the initial application phase. The good news is you can appeal and, with a savvy Disability attorney by your side, you have an excellent chance of winning the benefits you so desperately need.
Don’t procrastinate, though. You only have 60 days to appeal a denied Disability claim after receiving a rejection letter.
The Disability team at McDonald Law Firm can help you ― and yes, you can afford us.
As you can see, getting approved for Coronary Artery Disease Disability benefits is very technical and complicated. Your Disability claim must be backed up by extensive medical evidence, as well as detailed information about your work history, daily activities and functional limitations.
That is a lot for anyone to handle, much less someone who is in poor health. Getting Disability for our clients is our priority.
Our team is made up of intake specialists, case managers and experienced Social Security Disability lawyers. We will acquire the important information, fill out the mountain of paperwork, and prepare a Disability claim that will help the SSA see the big picture right away. This should shorten and simplify the process.
Better yet, there are no up-front fees for you. We only get paid if we are successful, and we are paid directly by the Social Security Administration. Our fee, which is capped by the federal government, is taken out of the back pay award.
At McDonald Law Firm, your claim will get the attention it deserves. Call us today at 877-568-8413.