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Social Security Disability and Congenital Heart Defects

There is a lot of information available to help people prevent heart disease with proper diet and adequate exercise. However, certain types of heart disease are not caused by eating too many French fries or by being a couch potato. Many people have heart disease as a result of genetic defects, and there is nothing they can do about it.

Some congenital heart defects are often relatively easy to repair. Such simple defects include a hole in the septum or another part of the heart, or the narrowing of a heart valve that causes reduced blood flow to the rest of the heart and body. Many holes in the heart close by themselves as children grow up. Others must be repaired.

Heart repairs are conducted either through catheterization procedures or with open heart surgery. However, when congenital heart problems are not corrected early in life, the long-term consequences can be significant and life-altering.

People who grow to adulthood with unrepaired congenital heart defects may suffer a wide variety of problems and be significantly disabled. The Social Security Administration (SSA) includes several conditions resulting from congenital heart defects in its list of compassionate allowances. The compassionate allowances program allows individuals with specific types of conditions and illnesses to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits more quickly because the SSA does not require that applicants demonstrate how their condition affects them - they are presumed to be disabled if they have a diagnosis of one of these conditions.

According to the Adult Congenital Heart Association, these conditions include:

  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • Aortic atresia
  • Mitral valve atresia
  • Pulmonary atresia
  • Tricuspid atresia
  • Eisenmenger syndrome
  • Primary cardiac amyloidosis

SSD benefits are also available to people with other types of heart disease, but they must demonstrate that their conditions cause their disabilities, unlike those with congenital heart defects such as those listed here.

Although people disabled by conditions such as these are supposed to be able to obtain SSD benefits quickly, this doesn't always happen. If you suffer from a congenital heart defect and are having problems obtaining disability benefits, do what thousands of other people like you have done: Call Binder & Binder®, America's most successful Social Security Disability advocates. Tell them your story and find out how they can help you.

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