Happy Smiling Family
Heart Conditions

Assisting With Disability Claims For Heart Attack, Stroke And Heart Disease

Every year nearly 800,000 Americans suffer a first heart attack and another 470,000 men and women suffer their second one after a prior heart attack, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC also estimates that 12.9 million Americans have symptoms of heart disease, with 4.7 million living with disabilities caused by stroke and another 4.9 million suffering from the effects of heart failure.

Despite these staggering numbers and the devastating aftermath of heart conditions, it is not easy to qualify for benefits under Social Security Disability or long-term disability insurance. At Abromson & Carey, Attorneys at Law, we have been dealing with disability law and heart disease claims for 35 years. For proven representation, contact us today for a free consultation.

Understanding The Qualifying Impairments

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes several heart-related conditions as qualifying impairments:

  • Chronic heart failure (congestive heart failure)
  • Ischemic heart disease (coronary artery disease)
  • Complications of heart attack
  • Complications of stroke
  • Uncontrolled hypertension (high blood pressure)

However, a heart disease diagnosis, a bypass surgery or even a traumatic event such as cardiac arrest or stroke does not automatically qualify a person for SSDI or SSI benefits. You must meet specific medical criteria along with other clinical and anecdotal evidence that your heart condition will keep you out of the workforce for at least a year. Attorney Glenn Carey understands the SSA’s highly technical listings and what it takes to qualify for different cardiac conditions. He can often recommend additional tests that will make all the difference in your case in the claims and appeals process.

Heart Attack

Many who have suffered a myocardial infarction or heart attack are able to resume normal activities, thanks to the implantation of a stent, or a heart bypass operation and health status monitoring. Others are not so lucky.

In those cases, we recommend clients have a stress test, which measures heart capacity. The injection fraction (amount of blood pumped out of the ventricles each time your heart beats) is an important consideration for disability. In a normal heart, the number is 65 percent. Anything less than 50 percent is considered abnormal.

In order to qualify for Social Security Disability, you must have a diagnostic test such as an angiogram, echocardiogram (EKG), cardiac stress test or cardiac catheterization to assess blockage and test how well the heart is functioning. Many heart attack patients suffer from depression, so we include medical evidence that supports treatment for that as well.


Clients who have suffered strokes or cardiovascular accidents must prove that they have difficulty communicating due to brain injury or have lost motor function in order to claim disability. Because there are no tests to assess stroke damage, stroke disability claims are not decided for at least three months after the event, so that the severity of the damage can be accurately assessed. We work with clients and providers to make sure that their medical records reflect the extent of damage and the collateral symptoms.

Contact Us For Experienced Help

If you cannot work due to complications from heart disease or stroke, you deserve the support of an accomplished disability lawyer at Abromson & Carey, Attorneys at Law. When we meet for the first time at a free initial consultation, we will discuss your current health care coverage, symptoms and complications. Then the attorney will outline a strategy for potential compensation.

Contact us online or call 877-673-9993 to schedule a free initial consultation about your disability insurance claim. We serve Newark, Jersey City, Essex County and surrounding counties of northern New Jersey.

Se habla español – Nós falamos o português