How to Qualify for Disability with Chronic Pulmonary Hypertension?

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How to Qualify for Disability with Chronic Pulmonary Hypertension?

When left untreated,  pulmonary hypertension or PH can become deadly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of deaths related to PH have increased greatly over the last decade. While it is typically considered to be a very rare condition, for those living with pulmonary hypertension, maintaining a job and other normal daily activities can be nearly impossible. That is why many Americans have turned to the Social Security Administration to apply for PH disability benefits.

How Can I Medically Qualify forPulmonary Hypertension Social Security Disability Benefits?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) receives thousands of disability claims each day, so to help keep the process fair and moving along, they have set requirements put in place to prove eligibility. When the SSA reviews your disability claim they will compare your medical records to listings in the Blue Book or listing of impairment. If you meet the requirements of one or more listings in the book, you are medically qualified to receive benefits, proving you are severely disabled.

By the SSA’s definition, to qualify for PH disability benefits your medical records must indicate that you have a recorded pulmonary artery pressure of 40 mm Hg or higher. This pressure reading must have been recorded during a cardiac characterization procedure, during a time when you were considered to be medically stable.

Under SSA rules, “medically stable” indicates that your pressure reading was not recorded during or close to a time when you were experiencing another medical condition that could have resulted in an abnormally high result. Some examples of periods of instability under this rule include:

  • Within a month of treatment for pneumonia or any other lower respiratory infection
  • Within 2 weeks of a change in prescribed medication that could have an effect on blood pressure or respiratory readings
  • Within a month of completing treatment for a flare-up of any chronic respiratory conditions like asthma or COPD
  • Within a month of being released from the hospital following a heart attack, other cardiac condition or stent placement.

Get Help Submitting Your Social Security Disability Application-

The disability claim process can be a long and confusing one for most people but that shouldn’t keep you from applying for benefits. Whether you chose to apply online or locally, the attorneys at London Disability can guide you through the process and help you get the benefits you deserve.

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