Can You Get Disability For Vascular Disease?

The occurrence of vascular disease is due to the buildup of plaque in the arteries. These arteries carry blood to the head, organs, and limbs. Over a period, especially in adults above 50 years, the buildup of plaque is due to cholesterol, fat, calcium, and other substances. All these elements cause narrowness in the arteries, making it difficult for smooth flow of the blood. While the vascular disease affects the arteries present in the legs, it also affects those that pass through the head, arms, stomach, and kidneys.


An individual experiencing vascular disease may display mild or severe symptoms. The following are the common symptoms exhibited by a patient:

  • Pain after walking for a while
  • Weakness or numbness during this period
  • Coolness in the affected region of the foot
  • Swelling of the feet, legs, and toes
  • Variation in the color of the affected leg
  • Weak pulse in the affected leg
  • Erectile dysfunction in men.

Can You Get Disability For Vascular Disease?

Can You Get Disability For Vascular Disease?

Social Security Administration does not consider vascular disease as part of Social Security benefits program. However, acquiring approval is possible under several listings. Seeking the right assistance from the disability lawyer will be helpful in filling out the application and submitting the same to receive claim and the benefits provided by the government.

Qualifying for the Disability Program

Social security administration or SSA considers an application only when the symptoms fall another specific listing available in the Blue Book. The Blue Book provides the chance for the administration to find several disorders that make it impossible for individuals to obtain a benefit provided by the government. The listing considers the of the diseases that make it impossible for an individual to find suitable employment, made the medical expenses and treatment.

Meeting the Disability Listing

Although it is not crucial that the administration approves the claim, the Blue Book consists of specific listing under which it is possible to receive benefits under the program. To meet the criteria, it is necessary that the individual is suffering from pain, fatigue, and discomfort. Apart from this, the listing also states the following requirements:

  • Brachial systolic blood pressure
  • Decrease in systolic blood pressure in the ankles to 50% after exercising
  • 30mm of Hg systolic pressure drop
  • To possess 0.40 or less ratio of Brachial systolic blood pressure ratio.

If an individual is meeting the above criteria, the SSA automatically approves the application of the claimant. They do not even look after the vascular disease effects and the activities.

However, not all of the individuals meet the above criteria, making it difficult for them to opt for the social security benefit provided by the government.


As evidence, it is essential for the social security authorities to look at the reports, as they provide the crucial elements behind the approval of the application. They consider Doppler studies, blood pressure readings, and angiography findings. Blood pressure readings include ankle blood pressure measured at doesalis pedis arteries and posterior tibial arteries. Evidence also consists of a collection of ankle systolic blood pressure ratio.

If the ratio is between 0.50 and 0.80, then the administration will pay for the Doppler test. However, there will not be for the test if the individual suffers from a pre-existing illness that is causing the abnormal calcification of the arteries. Before participating, it is essential that the medical consultant clears for participation in the test.

The Doppler test requires the individual to use the treadmill running at a speed of 2 mph at an inclination of 12% for five minutes. It will provide the results of the blood pressure before and after the exercise.

Inability to work due to limitations

Even if an individual fail to meet the requirement of the listing, it is still possible to qualify for the program by displaying that the symptoms acquired are making it difficult to find a suitable job.

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:March 16, 2018

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