If you have been assessed with Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) and are unable to work, read on for information on how the Social Security Administration will evaluate your claim for SSA Disability Insurance. For the types of disability benefits that may be available to you look here.

Coronary Artery Disease develops when your coronary arteries — the major blood vessels that supply your heart with blood, oxygen and nutrients — become damaged or diseased. – Via the Mayo Clinic. Plaque buildup in arteries can cause your heart to receive less blood flow. If the flow of blood is cut off to the heart, you may have a heart attack.

Symptoms frequently described by clients are chest pain, shortness of breath and unexplainable fatigue. Doctors usually test for CAD using an electrocardiogram, echocardiogram, catheterization or stress test. Medications can be used to help with your CAD and symptoms. If more aggressive treatment is needed, angioplasty with/without stent placement or bypass surgery may be done.

The Social Security Administration can evaluate your claim for disability insurance under 4.04 Ischemic Heart Disease. This listing specifically addresses Coronary Artery Disease in part C. You must have objective evidence (angiography or other testing) demonstrating that you have significant narrowing in your arteries or bypass graft vessel AND “very serious limitations in the ability to independently initiate, sustain, or complete activities of daily living.”

If you meet this listing, you are in bad shape. Many people receive stents or bypass before they meet this listing. The surgery may reduce your narrowing to less than what is required by the listing, but you still may be unable to work due to your symptoms.

If you are unable to work due to your Coronary Artery Disease, do not worry about meeting this or any other listing. If your symptoms from your Coronary Artery Disease prevent you from working, file a claim for SSA Disability Insurance as soon as possible and call the Bishop Law Firm. Delay may cause you to lose benefits!

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