Disabling Condition: Hypertension

by Editorial Board on September 6, 2010 · 1 comment

in Heart & Circulation

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Hypertension (or high blood pressure) is no longer a listed impairment but if it leads to a stroke, it can be evaluated under the neurological disorders.


  1. Are you taking medications?
  2. If not under control, why not?

Symptoms of high blood pressure (chest pain, confusion, ear noise or buzzing, irregular heartbeat, nosebleed, tiredness, vision changes, headaches) would affect the ability to work.  However, treatment (medication and lifestyle changes) is usually effective in treating the condition.  Lifestyle changes include exercise, weight loss and diet.  If the condition is not controlled because the patient fails to follow these treatment options, Social Security will not consider the condition disabling.

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