Do people with heart problems usually get their Social Security claim approved on their first try?

By / March 3, 2016 / Social Security Disability Claims Process / 5 Comments

Learn about the process Social Security uses to decide whether your heart condition is disabling and whether your Social Security claim will be approved.

Disability Claim Evaluation for Heart Patients
There are many different kinds of cardiac problems, everything from an occasional rapid heart beat to heart attacks to congestive heart failure. Some heart patients are approved on their initial claims, others are approved when they appeal, and still others don’t qualify because their conditions are not disabling as Social Security defines disability or disability does not last twelve months.

Whatever the type of cardiac problem you have, your Social Security claim will be evaluated under Social Security’s usual five-step disability evaluation process.

Denials for Short-Term Disability
In addition to determining whether your heart problems are disabling, the disability examiner will also make a determination about how long you will be disabled. Because cardiac conditions can improve with time or treatment, sometimes claims are denied because disability isn’t expected to last twelve months.

If your claim is denied because your disability is expected to be short term, but your disability has continued to be limiting, be sure to file a request for reconsideration within the sixty-day appeal period, even if you haven’t yet been disabled twelve months. This will protect your right to appeal again if you are denied again and your disability extends twelve months. If you have not already hired a Social Security disability lawyer, this would be the time to do so.

Two of our articles What Is Disability According to Social Security Disability Law? and How Does the Social Security Administration Apply Social Security Laws to Determine If I Am Disabled? provide more information about how your Social Security claim for heart problems could be handled. I Was Denied Social Security Disability. What Can I Do? describes Social Security’s appeal process.

Do people with heart problems usually get their Social Security claim approved on their first try?
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  • Dear Ranjan,

    I do not have enough information to know whether or not you are disabled as defined by Social Security law. If you are not working, I suggest that you file a claim for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which is payable to aliens with permanent residency. As you describe your history, you probably do not have enough work in the U.S. to qualify for Social Security unless the U.S and your country share an international social security agreement that would combine your social security credits from your country.


  • Wanda Houston

    I had surgery on Sept. 12, 2012 and applied for disability in Oct. 2012, I was approved on January 8th 2014. I wanted to know at what percentage and when will I receive my first payment. I am really facing a financial hardship and it’s stressing me to the max.

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Wanda,

      If you have been approved for Social Security Disability (SSD), your benefit amount is based on your earnings records. If you have been approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) your benefit amount is based on your other income and, if you are married and living with your spouse, on your spouse’s income and minor dependents. The maximum SSI payment for an individual is $721 in 2014. It was $710 in 2013 and $698 in 2012. Processing payment has been varying quite a bit–from a couple of weeks to a couple of months or longer.



      • Matt

        Ive had four heart attacks and have had six angioplasty in five years and have been denied twice but I have an attorney and going to court in dec whats the odds of me getting approved and if so will it be at the time of my court date?

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Matt,

          I am not able to predict the outcome of your appeal. Whether or not you are approved may depend in part on your age and the type of work you have done in the past. Occasionally a judge will give a verbal approval at the hearing, but even then it is not definite until it is finalized with the formal decision letter, which can take up to sixty days or longer after the hearing.


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