Peripheral Artery Disease
Peripheral Artery Disease and Social Security Disability
Peripheral Artery Disease is caused by a narrowing of the arteries, which causes reduced blood flow to the limbs. Because these limbs are not receiving the sufficient amount of blood flow, complications ensue. In most cases, pain occurs whenever the individual attempts to use the muscle that is not receiving blood (legs a majority of the time). More extreme cases may call for amputation, because the lack of blood causes the limb or at least parts of it to develop gangrene.
The pain that individuals suffer because of Peripheral Artery Disease is enough to cripple them and prevent from working; this especially if the occupation requires extended periods of walking or standing.
Peripheral Artery Disease and Applying for California Social Security Disability Benefits
If the applicant’s impairment falls within any of the following categories set forth by Social Security’s Listing, then a strong claim may exist. The Listing is as follows;
- Resting ankle/brachial systolic blood pressure ratios of less than 0.50. OR
- Decrease in systolic blood pressure at the ankle on exercise (see 4.00G7a and 4.00C16-4.00C17) of 50% or more of pre-exercise level and requiring 10 minutes or more to return to pre-exercise level. OR
- Resting toe systolic pressure of less than 30 mm Hg (see 4.00G7c and 4.00G8). OR
- Resting toe/brachial systolic blood pressure ratio of less than 0.40 (see 4.00G7c).
Most individuals suffering from Peripheral Artery Disease may also have problems other than this illness, but that are caused by it. Heart disease and diabetes are common amongst most sufferers of Peripheral Artery Disease. The inability to stand or walk productively and the list of illnesses that can couple with Peripheral Artery Disease are enough to present a strong claim.
If you have any questions over your eligibility, contact us at 1-800-882-5500 or submit your application for a free claim evaluation.