Listing of Impairments – Social Security Benefits for Peripheral Arterial Disease | Pasco County Social Security Disability Lawyer

You can get Social Security benefits for peripheral arterial disease under Listing 4.12.

As the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute explains, peripheral arterial disease or PAD occurs “when fatty material called plaque builds up on the inside walls of the arteries that carry blood from the heart to the head, internal organs and limbs.”

The buildup of “plaque on the artery walls is called an atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries.” PAD “most commonly affects blood flow to the legs.” Blocked blood flow can cause “pain and numbness” and, if is severe enough, the blocked blood flow can cause tissue death which can require leg amputation.

A person with “PAD has a 6-7 times greater risk of coronary artery disease, heart attack, stroke or mini strokes.” If a person has heart disease, you “have a one in three chance of having a blocked artery in your leg”. Early diagnosis and treatment are important as the buildup of plaque in your arteries can often be stopped or slowed down with dietary change, exercises and medication.

Make sure your physician completes the right residual functional capacity form for your peripheral arterial disease in support of your Social Security disability claim. If you need help with your case, contact Nancy Cavey a St. Petersburg Florida social security lawyer here or at 727.894.3188.

Listing 4.12 can be viewed here.

For National Institute of Health information about PAD click here

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