Cardiovascular Disorders

Cardiovascular disorders affect the functioning of the heart or the circulatory system (including the arteries, veins and capillaries) and include:

  • chronic heart failure
  • ischemic heart disease
  • recurrent arryhythmias
  • congenital heart disease
  • aneurysm of aorta or major branches
  • peripheral arterial\coronary artery disease

The Social Security Administration recognizes that cardiovascular impairment results from one or more of the following: chronic heart failure or ventricular dysfunction; discomfort or pain due to myocardial ischemia; syncope (loss of consciousness) due to inadequate cerebral perfusion or blood flow and central cyanosis (bluish discoloration around core, lips and tongue).

These disorders must be supported by medical testing including electrocardiograph\ electrocardiogram, coronary angiography, arteriogram, electrophysiological study, exercise test, exercise tolerance test and cardiac catheterization.