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High Blood Pressure and receiving Social Security Disability

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The Social Security Administration provides two disability programs- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). To qualify for either program based on a disability, you will need to prove you have a disabling mental or physical health condition which is so severe you will be unable to perform “substantial activity” for at least 12 continuous months. So can you get SSDI or SSI disability benefits for high blood pressure. Hypertension is listed as a specific impairment listing under section 4.03 of the SSA Listing of Impairments (SSA Bluebook), titled Hypertensive Cardiovascular disease. The Social Security Administration will evaluate your high blood pressure as it related to other chronic conditions such as coronary artery disease and chronic heart failure. You may also receive disability if you can prove that the hypertensive condition has caused severe damage to your kidneys, eyes or brain. Keep in mind the SSA is less concerned with your specific diagnosis and more concerned about whether or not you have the functional capacity to perform substantial activity or work. What is High Blood Pressure? High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, refers to the pressure of the blood as it is pumped through the arteries or vessels, which carry the blood from an individual’s heart to the organs and tissues of the body. Blood pressure is rated as normal below 120/80 and pre-hypertensive from 120/80 to 139/89. If an individual’s blood pressure is 140/90 or above, they are said to have “high blood pressure”. So what do these numbers actually mean? The top number is called the systolic blood pressure and refers to the pressure of the arteries as the heart contracts and pushes the blood through arteries. The lower number or diastolic pressure refers to the pressure of the arteries after the contraction. Approximately one in three adults suffers from high blood pressure, according to the American Heart Association. This means that over 73 million Americans are at risk for cardiac disease, renal disease, eye injury, and hardening of the arteries. Given the prevalence of high blood pressure, it has been labeled as a national public health problem. Scientists have studied high blood pressure for years and attempted to determine whether creating an eating plan could help reduce it. At the conclusion of their studies, they determined there was such a plan, and they termed it the DASH Diet eating plan. Scientific studies confirmed by following the DASH Diet and combining it with other changes such as daily physical exercise, participants could lower, prevent, or control their blood pressure.
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