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How might Tennesseans with heart disease obtain SSDI benefits?

The heart is a complex and essential organ that works to keep individual Tennesseans alive and healthy. When something goes wrong with someone's heart, it can have devastating consequences. Those persons with heart disease are likely all too familiar with the troubles that arise from the condition. They may be unable to work and facing mounting medical expenses. Fortunately, cardiovascular impairments can be qualifying disorders for Social Security Disability Insurance.

According to the Social Security Administration, a cardiovascular impairment is one that prevents a person's heart or circulatory system from functioning properly. The circulatory system includes a person's veins, capillaries, arteries and lymphatic drainage. These impairments may arise from a number of effects of heart disease.

To determine whether a person has a cardiovascular impairment that will qualify him or her to receive benefits, the SSA considers the signs, symptoms, limitations, laboratory findings and a person's response to the course of treatment prescribed for the condition before awarding SSD benefits. The SSA will assess a person's medical records and evaluate records documenting physical examinations, laboratory studies, as well as the duration of a person's cardiovascular impairment.

Significantly, the SSA recognizes that some persons suffering from heart disease may not receive ongoing medical treatment despite the severity of their condition. For those persons, the SSA will evaluate a person's application based on objective medical evidence, as well as other evidence the agency may obtain. A person may be able to document his or her disability through the combination of another impairment plus his or her cardiovascular impairment.

Heart disease can be debilitating, requiring expensive long-term care and result in a Tennessean's inability to work. Therefore, SSDI benefits can be essential for those who need them.

Source: Social Security Administration, "Cardiovascular System - Adult," accessed Jan. 8, 2016

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