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Disability benefits are available for heart and other conditions

Social Security disability benefits are available for disabled individuals suffering from a wide range of mental and medical conditions that prevent them from being able to work and earn a living. In general, the disabled applicant must suffer from a medical condition that is expected to last 12 months or longer or result in death and is severe enough that it prevents them from being able to work.

Social Security disability benefits can help with daily living expenses and concerns when the disabled individual is no longer able to earn an income. In addition to medical requirements, applicants for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits must have the necessary work history to qualify for benefits; other options, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), may be available to disabled individuals and others without sufficient work history to qualify for SSD benefits.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a list of qualifying medical and mental conditions, however, if the disabled individual's condition is not on the list, it does not necessarily mean they cannot qualify for benefits. The SSA also maintains a list of medical conditions that may qualify for expedited claims' processing. A variety of medical conditions may qualify for SSD or SSI benefits including serious heart disease conditions that may prevent the disabled individual from working. Heart conditions the SSA recognizes as severe include Cardiomyopathy, Coronary artery disease, Ischemic heart disease, Hypertensive heart disease, Valvular heart disease and Atherosclerotic heart disease.

Additional medical conditions, ranging from pulmonary problems to cancer, liver and kidney diseases, may also qualify for benefits. Because the application process for disability benefits can be complex and may take time, it is important for disabled individuals to be familiar with the process and how to promptly apply for benefits they need.

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