Arterial Disease requires the following from the disability listing at Social Security:
A. Intermittent claudication with failure to visualize the common femoral or deep femoral artery in one extremity, (as shown by medical records); or
B. Intermittent claudication with marked impairment of peripheral arterial circulation as determined by Doppler studies showing:
1. Resting ankle/brachial systolic blood pressure ratio of less than 0.50; or
2. Decrease in systolic blood pressure at the ankle on exercise of 50 percent or more of the pre-exercise level at the ankle, and requiring 10 minutes or more to return to pre-exercise level.
Arterial Disease is disabling in that it causes the arteries to some parts of the body to be cut off of blood flow, without proper blood flow those parts of the body will essentially die and require amputation. Many times I have seen this disease as a result of diabetes. Another result of the disease is clotting, when the blood clots and does not flow to a part of the body it becomes very painful to the claimant, and thus the pain to a leg or foot becomes so bad that the person cannot walk or walk effectively enough to sustain a job.
The medication given to many claimants with arterial Disease is Coumadin, the problem with this medication and working is, should you receive even a small cut you could bleed to death. Coumadin is a blood thinner, and while it is necessary for to help with Arterial Disease, it can be deadly if you receive a cut and do not attend to it properly.
Should you need assistance in your claim Arterial Disease disability claim, please give me a call, I would be pleased to speak with you. You may reach me anytime at toll free 1 (877) 271-2633 Monday through Saturday or local at (615) 308-2633.
Daniel L. McMurtry, Attorney