There are many medical conditions that afflict an individual. Depending on the severity of the condition, an individual may require a significant amount of medical care, and he or she may lose the ability to live what was once considered a normal life. Such a condition can make it impossible for them to work, which, in turn, can throw them into a financial freefall. Yet, if certain requirements are met, individuals in this situation may qualify for Social Security disability.
One medical condition that affects a significant number of people is heart failure. But what must an individual who suffers from this condition show in order to qualify for benefits? First, an individual must be able to provide medical documentation showing that he or she has systolic failure or diastolic failure. There are scientific measurements that must also be met, which can be found on the Social Security Administration's website.
In addition to showing systolic or diastolic failure, an individual must show that the failure has resulted in ongoing symptoms of heart failure, three or more episodes of acute congestive heart failure or an inability to satisfactorily perform an exercise tolerance test. With regard to the exercise test, the inability may be caused by chest discomfort, a decrease in systolic blood pressure or mental confusion.
By providing adequate documentation and persuasive legal argument, an individual suffering from heart failure may be awarded Social Security disability benefits. These monthly payments can be a huge help to those who are unable to work on account of their condition. The benefits may help cover medical costs and everyday expenses, leaving an individual in a position to focus on their health and time with loved ones, rather than concerning themselves about how they are going to put food on the table.
Source: Social Security Administration, "4.00 Cardiovascular System - Adult," accessed on June 26, 2016