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Will I be Approved for Disability with Coronary Artery Disease?

"I now have coronary artery disease and hypertension. I filed a claim in Jan 09 saying that coronary artery disease and hypertension were secondary to my diabetes II. This claim was denied in April--fast work did they even read the file?" I don't know what your other conditions might be but it's usually difficult to get approved on ischemic (coronary artery) disease. Diabetes type II as well. In fact, in recent years, SSA has worked to minimize the ability to win disability cases based on diabetes.

The following page addresses coronary artery disease: Coronary artery disease may qualify you for disability. Here is an excerpt:

"In the case of coronary artery heart disease, an MI (myocardial infarction, or heart attack), coronary bypass, stent, etc., does not guarantee SSD or SSI approval. To be approved on the basis of heart disease, a claimant would need to either meet the requirements of a listing or make it through the process of sequential evaluation, a five step process that measures whether or not a claimant can engage in work activity that is at or below the limit for SGA, or substantial gainful activity.

Claimants who have suffered a myocardial infarction will likely be evaluated under listing 4.04 C, Coronary Artery Disease. This listing is predicated on significant listing-level occlusions (blockages) in bypassed or non-bypassed arteries, but also supposes that an individual has “very serious limitations in the ability to independently initiate, sustain, or complete activities of daily living.”

Since we've mentioned diabetes, this page addresses that condition: Applying for disability with Diabetes.

However, I will say this: most cases get denied by a disability examiner at the disability application and reconsideration levels. And the majority of claims get approved at hearing level. You most likely have a good chance of being approved by an ALJ (administrative law judge).

The most important things to keep in mind will be obtaining and sending to the ALJ updated medical records (because SSA stops all case development once the case moves beyond the reconsideration appeal level and into the domain of the hearing offices).

Most important, however, will be obtaining a medical source statement from your treating physician(s). Unlike disability examiners, disability judges tend to give more consideration (and by comparison, substantial consideration) to the opinions of the doctors who actually provide treatment to claimants.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

Forms for Social Security Disability
Social Security Disability Criteria
Social Security Disability decisions make little sense
Understanding Fats for Heart Disease
Can you be approved for disability without an appeal?
Denied disability by ALJ
Steps and Tips for requesting a disability hearing
Preparation to win a disability hearing
Filing for disability with sciatica
How does the Social Security Disability Appeal Process work?
Are SSDI and SSI Benefits Normally Continued After A Continuing Disability Review?
How Does Social Security Decide If You Are Disabled
How long to get a Social Security decision letter?
How far back Social Security will pay SSDI or SSI
SSI award notices are received by approved claimants

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

My Social Security Disability SSI appeal status
Disability back pay, how it works
Eligibility criteria requirements for disability
Qualifying requirements for disability
Decision on disability case, are you eligible for a disability award
When is a Person Considered Disabled by Social Security?
Forms to appeal a Social Security Disability denial
Permanent disability benefits
How to qualify for disability with depression
If Social Security sends you to a psychiatrist
Disability denied twice
How to claim disability
How many times will Social Security deny you?
Applying for Disability with high blood pressure
Will my children get benefits if I get approved for disability?
How much time for a decision on a disability claim?
Can you work if you get an SSI disability check?
How to File for SSI
Filing for disability, how to apply for SSD, SSI
Social Security Disability SSI and Fibromyalgia
How to get disability
How to appeal a disability denial