This category of disorders
includes chronic heart failure, ischemic heart disease, cardiac arrhythmias, congenital heart
disease, heart transplants, aneurysms involving the aorta or its major branches, chronic venous insufficiency,
and peripheral arterial disease.
All cardiac disorders are serious and potentially
deadly. While medical science has made great strides in
the diagnosis and treatment of these disorders, they can still
result in significant disability. As with most other impairments,
a finding of disability may be predicated on the existence of
certain findings, as documented by recognized cardiovascular
tests or on the basis of characteristic symptoms, such as angina,
shortness of breath and fatigue, that are aggravated by activity or stress and effectively preclude gainful
In all disability cases, one must take into account the effect of prescribed treatment in determining the degree of an individual's impairment. This is particularly true in cardiac cases.
Thanks to modern medical advances, many victims
of cardiovascular disease can now continue to live active and
productive lives. We generally advise individuals with
acute cardiac disorders, including heart attack, to defer filing
for disability benefits until their physician is in a position
assess the success of treatment and the long-range prospects
for returning to work.