If you suffer from Hypertension you may be wondering if you qualify for Disability Assistance
Author: Attorney Lonnie Roach
High blood pressure is not recognized as a disability by the Social Security Administration. However, the SSA recognizes hypertension often causes damage to multiple body systems and will consider it when they assess your functional capacity.
Temporary high blood pressure occurs frequently in healthy adults. Exercise, stress, being cold, alcohol, caffeine, and even having a full bladder all increase blood pressure significantly, often outside the normal resting range. Nearly a third of American Adults have high blood pressure and one fifth of Americans have extremely high blood pressure. Doctors blame our sedentary lifestyles, poor diets, and use of alcohol, caffeine and nicotine.
If you have High Blood Pressure you may qualify for disability benefits. Contact the experienced Long Term Disability lawyers at 512-454-4000
Systolic pressure is the pressure when the heart is beating, and diastolic pressure is the pressure between beats. The unit used, mm HG, is “millimeters of mercury”, or the pressure generated by a one millimeter high column of mercury. In terms of more relatable measurements, healthy systolic blood pressure is around 2.3 pounds per square inch. A number of things can lead to increased pressure in the blood vessels. A higher level of blood volume, inflexible arteries, build-up of cholesterol, tightening of the blood vessels, or an increase in blood viscosity can all cause high blood pressure.
However, the complications caused by high blood pressure are more serious than its primary effects. The risk of nearly every sort of circulatory disorder is increased by high blood pressure. High blood pressure forces the heart to work harder which can lead to heart attack, heart failure, heart disease, aneurysm, and aortic dissection (a rip in the aorta). Hypertension can lead to certain body parts not getting enough blood. If the brain does not get enough blood, this can cause stroke. If blood fails to flow through the kidneys, it cause kidney damage and since the kidneys help regulate blood pressure, this can cause further hypertension. Sexual dysfunction is a common symptom and often an early warning sign of high blood pressure. Additionally, hypertension can cause vision damage if blood vessels tear in the eye.
Reduction of alcohol, caffeine and nicotine intake can have a significant impact on blood pressure. A low-sodium diet, aerobic exercise, and improved stress management can also help reduce blood pressure. Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH diet) is a treatment option that promotes a diet high in grain, vegetables and fruit and limits meat and sweets. There are many types of medication available for treating high blood pressure depending on the root cause. Beta Blockers make the heart beat slower, Vasodilators relax blood vessel walls, ACE Inhibitors prevent hormones from narrowing blood vessels, Calcium Channel blockers keep calcium from entering the blood vessels, and there are other medications which act in different ways to keep blood pressure low. Many patients take multiple types of medications to manage their symptoms.
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However, the Social Security Administration recognizes hypertension often causes damage to multiple body systems and “will consider any limitations imposed by your hypertension when we assess your residual functional capacity”. This means that hypertension on its own is not a basis for disability, but the complications it may cause may be. Also, if you unable to work due to the effects of your hypertension, you may be eligible for benefits.
In order to qualify for Social Security Disability, you will need to satisfy a few specific requirements in two categories as determined by the Social Security Administration.
The first category is the Work Requirements which has two tests.
- The Duration of Work test. Whether you have worked long enough to be covered under SSDI.
- The Current Work Test. Whether you worked recently enough for the work to actually count toward coverage.
The second category is the Medical Eligibility Requirement.
- Are you working? Your disability must be “total”.
- Is your medical condition severe? Your disability must be “severe” enough to interfere with your ability to perform basic work-related activities, such as walking, sitting, and remembering.
- Is your medical condition on the List of Impairments? The SSA has a “List of Impairments” that automatically qualify as “severe” disabilities. If your disease is not listed this does not mean you cannot get disability, it means you must prove you cannot maintain employment due to your limitations.
- Can you do the work you did before? SSDI rules look at whether your medical condition prevents you from doing the work you did prior to developing the condition.
- Can you do any other type of work? If you cannot do your prior work, an evaluation is made as to whether you can perform any other kind of work.
More details can be found on our Qualifying for Disability page.
Author: Attorney Lonnie Roach has been practicing law for 29 years. He is Superlawyers rated by Thomson Reuters and is Top AV Preeminent® and Client Champion Gold rated by Martindale Hubbell. Because of his extensive litigation experience Mr. Roach is board certified from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Lonnie is admitted to practice in the United States District Court - all Texas Districts and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. Mr. Roach is a member of the Texas trial lawyers association, has been active in the Austin Bar Association and is a past Director of the Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Roach and all the members of Bemis, Roach & Reed have been active participants in the Travis County Lawyer referral service.
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