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Heart attacks and SSDI

Despite modern advances in cardiac medicine, a heart attack can have a life-changing impact on an individual. The health effects could even lead to employment issues in Tennessee. Someone recovering from a heart attack may wonder if their condition would qualify them for Social Security disability benefits.

Qualifying for Social Security disability coverage can be difficult. That's because the United States sets very high standards for being deemed so disabled that one can no longer earn a sufficient income. Applicants for benefits not only have to be able to prove that they have a serious health condition, but they also have to show that they cannot work in their current field, cannot perform jobs that they have worked within the last 15 years and that it's not possible to switch to a different type of work.

Most initial claims for Social Security disability benefits are denied. This means that the applicant will need to request a hearing during which they can present evidence demonstrating the level to which they are disabled and unable to work. In many cases, the administrative law judge will be considering the definition of ischemic heart disease and want to see current medical testing that shows significant heart damage. In addition, the applicant will have to show the judge that this damage makes it is impossible to continue being employed in the same way as before the heart attack.

It should be noted that heart attack Social Security disability claims can be notoriously difficult to prove. This is because so many people can recover from heart attacks. An experienced disability attorney could help an SSDI applicant through the appeals process.

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