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SSA Listing 4.10 - Aneurysm of Aorta or Major branchesB

Aneurysms of the aorta or major branches can pose serious health risks and significantly impact an individual's daily functioning. The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes the potential disability implications of such conditions and provides guidelines for evaluating claims related to aortic aneurysms. In this blog post, we will explore how the SSA evaluates aneurysms of the aorta for disability purposes, based on the criteria outlined in the Listing of Impairments.

Meeting the Criteria:

To be considered for disability benefits, an individual must meet the specific requirements stated in the Listing of Impairments (Section 4.10) for aneurysms of the aorta. Let's delve into the criteria in detail:

  1. Diagnosis and Imaging:

    • The first step in evaluating an aortic aneurysm for disability purposes is obtaining appropriate medically acceptable imaging. This may include tests such as computed tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or angiography. These imaging techniques help confirm the presence and location of the aneurysm.

  2. Dissection:

    • The SSA specifies that the aneurysm should not be controlled by prescribed treatment (see 4.00H6). Dissection refers to a severe complication of an aneurysm in which there is a tear in the inner layer of the arterial wall. If the dissection is not effectively managed or controlled through prescribed treatment, it can significantly impact an individual's health and functioning.

Evaluation of Impairments:

If an individual meets the above criteria, the SSA will assess the severity of the impairments resulting from the aortic aneurysm. While the specific evaluation may vary depending on the location and size of the aneurysm, the primary focus is on the impact of the condition on daily functioning and overall health.

Factors considered during evaluation may include:

  1. Symptoms and Limitations:

    • The SSA will assess the presence and severity of symptoms caused by the aneurysm, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or palpitations. Additionally, limitations in physical activities, such as walking, lifting, or bending, will be considered.

  2. Medical Treatments and Interventions:

    • The SSA will review the effectiveness and management of prescribed treatments, including medication regimens, surgical interventions, or endovascular procedures. The response to treatment and any associated complications will be taken into account.

  3. Functional Limitations:

    • The impact of the aneurysm on an individual's ability to perform daily activities, including self-care, work-related tasks, and social functioning, will be evaluated. The severity and persistence of these limitations are crucial factors in determining eligibility for disability benefits.

The evaluation of aneurysms of the aorta for disability purposes involves a comprehensive assessment of the diagnosis, imaging, and the impact of the condition on an individual's daily functioning. Meeting the specific criteria outlined in the Listing of Impairments is essential for eligibility. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm and is considering applying for disability benefits, it is advisable to consult with a knowledgeable professional or seek legal assistance to navigate the application process effectively. Remember, this blog post provides a general overview, and individual circumstances may vary.