Over recent years, there has been a sharp increase in individuals diagnosed with high blood pressure, or hypertension. While there is no clear cause, this condition is largely associated with excess weight or adrenal gland disorders. High blood pressure often goes unnoticed until it is detected during a routine exam, but in severe cases symptoms may include:
- Blurred Vision
Applying for Social Security Disability with High Blood Pressure
While many people can function and live quite normally with high blood pressure, others suffer from more serious complications. If your high blood pressure is severe enough to cause symptoms or complications that prevent you from being able to work, you may qualify for Social Security Disability. Also, if the treatments or medications prescribed for your condition make working difficult, you may qualify for disability benefits.
Qualification Requirements for SSD with High Blood Pressure
If you apply for Social Security Disability on the grounds of high blood pressure alone, you are not very likely to receive approval. You must instead demonstrate that the high blood pressure is causing complications that keep you from working.
Different requirements that may qualify you for disability benefits include:
- Damage to your organs due to high blood pressure. This condition has been linked to causing damage in the kidneys, brain, eyes, and heart.
- A kidney disease or adrenal gland disorder that caused your high blood pressure.
- Your high blood pressure is causing symptoms severe enough to make it impossible for you to work.
Providing Medical Evidence When Applying for SSD for High Blood Pressure
As many individuals are able to live and work with high blood pressure or hypertension, it is essential to provide thorough documentation when applying for Social Security Disability with this condition. Along with your application, it is important to provide the following documentation:
- Records of all blood pressure readings that were recorded by your doctors and at home
- Reports that demonstrate that you have tried treatments, medications, and lifestyle changes, and the detailed results of those efforts
- A letter from your doctor regarding your symptoms
- Any additional medical records or lab results that would detail medical conditions that affect your ability to work
Hiring Experienced Representation for Your Social Security Disability Case
As high blood pressure is such a common condition the SSA is quite stringent when it comes to approving SSD cases for this illness. However, that does not mean that there are not plenty of individuals suffering from hypertension-related complications that need assistance.
If you are unable to work due to symptoms and side effects related to high blood pressure and treatments, a qualified social security disability attorney can provide the guidance you need to apply and obtain approval quickly. Gathering all of the necessary documentation can be difficult, but an experienced attorney can ensure that you do not forget any relevant information.