Denied SSDI in New Hampshire for Heart Failure? Show This in Your Appeal!

Chronic or congestive heart failure is a serious—and sometimes fatal—condition. Sometimes symptoms are mild and allow people to live a relatively normal life. Other times, the symptoms are more serious and may make it impossible for you to work.

What to Do When You Are Denied SSDI in New Hampshire for Congestive Heart Failure

If your symptoms are severe enough for you to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits in New Hampshire, the chances are good that you struggle to work or cannot work. When you receive a denial letter in the mail, fear sets in about how you will be able to support yourself and your family.

Denials are not uncommon. Many people who apply for SSDI in New Hampshire have their first application denied. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration (SSA) offers the ability to appeal a denial.

What to Show When Filing Your Appeal

Although your appeal will be seen by someone new at the SSA, you need to show more information than you did the first time. What’s important is to show your symptoms of heart failure, and how they stop you from working.

To increase your chances at being approved, you must show one of the following symptoms in your appeal:

  • Your heart’s ejection fraction, or the percentage of blood coming out each time your heart beats, is 30 percent or less during a normal day.
  • The diastolic dimensions in your left ventricular end are bigger than 6 centimeters.
  • The thickness of the left ventricular wall is larger than 2.5 centimeters
  • The left atrium is larger than 4.5 centimeters

Each of these symptoms are characteristic of either systolic failure or diastolic failure.

To prove these medical limitations in your appeal, you must submit the proper imaging tests, doctor evaluation reports, and any other medical evidence. You should also describe how these symptoms impact your ability to work both in a high-exertion position and in a sedentary role at your job.

Have you gone, or are you going through the appeal process for heart failure? Let us know about your experience in the comments below.

John L. Keefe
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