Do you have a cardiovascular impairment that impairs your ability to perform everyday activities, such as performing the functions related to your job? You may have a disability that meets the criteria established by the Social Security Administration’s Listing of Impairments (the “Listings”). The Listing of Impairments lists impairments considered severe enough to prevent an individual from performing substantial gainful activity (SGA). The assistance of an experienced disability attorney may help all applicants navigate the often lengthy and complicated process of applying for disability benefits.

For impairments related to the cardiovascular system, the Listing of Impairments evaluates cardiovascular impairment that results in any disorder that affects the proper functioning of the heart or the circulatory system i.e., arteries, veins, capillaries, and lymphatic drainage. The disorder may be congenital or acquired.

Cardiovascular impairment results from one or more of four consequences of heart disease. The first involves chronic heart failure or ventricular dysfunction. The second is discomfort or pain due to myocardial ischemia, with or without necrosis of heart muscle. The third is syncope, or near syncope, due to inadequate cerebral perfusion from any cardiac cause, such as obstruction of flow or disturbance in rhythm or conduction resulting in inadequate cardiac output. Finally, the last is central cyanosis due to right-to-left shunt, reduced oxygen concentration in the arterial blood, or pulmonary vascular disease.

Cardiovascular impairment also includes disorders of the veins or arteries such as obstruction, rupture, or an aneurysm that may cause impairments of the lower extremities or peripheral vascular disease of the central nervous system, the eyes, the kidneys, and other organs. The SSA will evaluate peripheral vascular disease under applicable impairment guidelines and impairments of another body system(s) under the listings for that body system(s).

The listings describe cardiovascular impairments based on symptoms, signs, laboratory findings, response to a regimen of prescribed treatment, and functional limitations. To document an impairment related to the cardiovascular system, the SSA needs sufficiently detailed reports of history, physical examinations, laboratory studies, and any prescribed treatment and response to allow it to assess the severity and duration of a cardiovascular impairment.

A longitudinal clinical record covering a period of not less than three months of observations and treatment is usually necessary, unless the SSA may make a determination or decision based on the current evidence. A longitudinal clinical record is an ambulatory-care electronic medical record system used by physicians and other clinical staff in the outpatient setting for documentation of medical care. It is used as a replacement for tangible, paper medical records.

This record should include a description of the ongoing management and evaluation provided by a treating physician or other medical sources. It should also include the patient’s response to this medical management, as well as information about the nature and severity of the impairment. This provides the SSA with information on functional status over an extended period of time and demonstrates whether a claimant’s ability to function is improving, worsening, or unchanging.

The Social Security Administration has made a commitment to providing benefits quickly to applicants whose medical conditions are so serious that their conditions unquestionably meet disability standards. Known as the Compassionate Allowances (CAL) process, it expediently identifies diseases and other medical conditions that qualify under the Listing of Impairments based on minimal objective medical data. This process permits Social Security to focus on the most obviously disabled individuals for allowances based on objective medical information that it may obtain quickly. Thus, individuals with severe cardiovascular impairments may theoretically receive benefits sooner than others afflicted with a less serious impairment.

Hiring a qualified disability lawyer ensures the proper evaluation of your disability matter. To improve your chances of meeting all of the requirements for the allowance of a claim (and avoiding the denial of benefits), retain the services of a qualified Kentucky Social Security Disability attorney. Contact Sullivan Law Office today. We offer free consultations, so you have absolutely nothing to lose! We look forward to hearing from you. Call 888-587-0228 or visit us online.Identifying Your Disability Under The Listing Of Impairments: Cardiovascular System