To Social Security Disability, High Blood Pressure Is a Symptom of Another Disabling Disorder
While the Social Security Administration (SSA) doesn’t consider high blood pressure to be a disability that qualifies for benefits on its own, it is a symptom of many diseases that Social Security does officially recognize.
So having hypertension is an important piece of information to add to your disability benefits application, even though it’s not likely to be one of the main impairments that you name.
High blood pressure could go into a Social Security Disability claim for these conditions, among others:
- Congenital heart disease
- Congestive heart failure
- Heart disease
- Ischemic heart disease
- Kidney disease
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Vision and eye disorders
Each of these conditions has symptoms you can document and types of medical evidence you can submit to make a strong claim for benefits.
Describing specific symptoms to Social Security is an important part of qualifying for disability benefits.
According to the Mayo Clinic, high blood pressure symptoms include headaches, shortness of breath and nosebleeds—although hypertension often comes without any symptoms that you outwardly notice until the condition is severe.
In your disability claim, you should note all the ways that your health problems limit your daily life.
Aren’t sure if you should seek disability benefits because of high blood pressure?
Get your questions answered in a no-obligation, introductory conversation with the Indiana disability advocates at Hanley Disability.