Heart Presumption | What Conditions Does the Law Recognize?

Updated: February 24, 2019


If you are a deputy sheriff, police officer, district attorney investigator or inspector, highway patrol officer, Department of Justice personnel considered "safety", firefighter, CAL FIREfirefighter, correction officer with CDCR (as well as other employees who have custodial duties), county probation officer, security officer with Atascadero State Hospital, or a Fish & Game Warden, then the heart presumption may apply to you. 
To learn more about heart presumption, you can read our heart presumption page.

What are the Heart Conditions that get the Presumptions?

Generally, the case law has supported the heart presumption for most heart problems (see the list below).  As attorneys, we will always state that the facts of every case is different, so until we know the "whole picture," we won't state with specificity whether or not it applies to you.  
That said, some of the conditions that the Courts have analyzed are as follows: 
Atherosclerosis of the Coronary Artery Valvular Lesions 
Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease or Coronary Artery Disease 
Acute and Chronic Arteriosclerotic Occlusive Disease in the Iliac Arteries 
Atrial Fibrillation 
Atrial Flutter 
Cardiac Arrhythmia 
Congenital Heart Condition 
Coronary Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease 
Coronary Artery Disease 
Coronary Heart Disease 
Enlarged Heart 
Heart Attack diagnosed as heart insufficiency 
Heart Valve Defect 
Hypertensive Cardiovascular Disease 
Hypertensive Heart Disease 
Left Ventricular Hypertrophy 
Mitral Heart Valve 
Premature Ventricular Contractions 
Tumor in Left Atrium 
Valvular Lesions
The heart presumption could have an impact on whether or not you are eligible for Industrial Disability Retirement (IDR).  If you don't know what IDR is, you need to read about it by clicking here.