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Social Security Disability for Arrhythmias

     A person with recurrent arrhythmias that cannot work may qualify for Social Security Disability or SSI benefits.  Broadly defined, cardiac arrhythmias are any abnormality or perturbation in the normal activation sequence of the myocardium. The sinus node, displaying properties of automaticity, spontaneously depolarizes, sending a depolarization wave over the atrium, depolarizing the atrioventricular (AV) node, propagating over the His-Purkinje system, and depolarizing the ventricle in systematic fashion. There are hundreds of different types of cardiac arrhythmias. The normal rhythm of the heart, so-called normal sinus rhythm, can be disturbed through failure of automaticity, such as sick sinus syndrome, or through overactivity, such as inappropriate sinus tachycardia. Ectopic foci prematurely exciting the myocardium on a single or continuous basis results in premature atrial contractions (PACs) and premature ventricular contractions (PVCs). Sustained tachyarrhythmias in the atria, such as atrial fibrillation, paroxysmal atrial tachycardia (PAT), and supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), originate because of micro- or macro re-entry. In general, the seriousness of cardiac arrhythmias depends on the presence or absence of structural heart disease.

Can I Get SSI for my Autistic Child?

     Parents of autistic children sometimes wonder if their child qualifies for Childhood SSI disability benefits due to Autism. Childhood SSI claims are evaluated differently than adult claims for Social Security Disability or SSI. The requirements are actually more stringent. The Social Security Administration determines whether the claimant has an impairment or combination of impairments that meets or medically equals the criteria of a listing, or that functionally equals the listings.  The listing for autism requires: 

Childhood SSI for Vision Problems

     Children suffering from vision problems may qualify for Childhood SSI benefits.  The Social Security Administration determines whether the claimant has an impairment or combination of impairments that meets or medically equals the criteria of a listing, or that functionally equals the listings.

Peripheral Neuropathies and Social Security Disability

     Someone suffering from peripheral neuropathies may qualify for Social Security Disability or SSI benefits. Peripheral neuropathy, a result of nerve damage, often causes numbness and pain in your hands and feet. People typically describe the pain of peripheral neuropathy as tingling or burning, while they may compare the loss of sensation to the feeling of wearing a thin stocking or glove.  In order to automatically qualify, a person must meet the requirements of the neuropathy listing.  The requirements are:

Childhood SSI Benefits for Anxiety Disorders

     Many parents often wonder if their child qualifies for Childhood SSI disability benefits due to an anxiety disorder. Childhood claims are evaluated differently than adult claims for Social Security Disability. The requirements are actually more stringent. The Social Security Administration determines whether the child has an impairment or combination of impairments that meets or medically equals the criteria of a listing, or that functionally equals the listings.

Childhood SSI Benefits for Asthma

     Children suffering from asthma growth impairment may be eligible for Childhood SSI benefits. Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. Asthma causes recurring periods of wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe), chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. The coughing often occurs at night or early in the morning. Asthma affects people of all ages, but it most often starts during childhood.

Can I Get Social Security Disability for Myasthenia Gravis?

     A person suffering Myasthenia gravis may qualify for Social Security Disability or SSI benefits. Myasthenia gravis is nervous disorder characterized by weakness and rapid fatigue of any of the muscles under your voluntary control. Myasthenia gravis is caused by a breakdown in the normal communication between nerves and muscles. There is no cure for myasthenia gravis, but treatment can help relieve signs and symptoms, such as weakness of arm or leg muscles, double vision, drooping eyelids, and difficulties with speech, chewing, swallowing and breathing.  Though myasthenia gravis can affect people of any age, it's more common in women younger than 40 and in men older than 60.

Childhood SSI for Kids with Severe Hearing Loss

     A child suffering from severe hearing loss may qualify for Childhood SSI benefits. Childhood SSI claims are evaluated differently than adult claims for Social Security Disability or SSI and the requirements are actually more stringent. The Social Security Administration determines whether the child has an impairment or combination of impairments that meets or medically equals the criteria of a listing, or that functionally equals the listings.  Disability benefits would be awarded if the claimant or her representative can show:

Huntington's Disease and Social Security Disability Benefits

     A person may qualify for Social Security Disability or SSI benefits on the basis of Huntington's disease or Huntington's chorea. Huntington's disease (HD) is a neurodegenerative genetic disorder that affects muscle coordination and leads to cognitive decline and psychiatric problems. It typically becomes noticeable in mid-adult life. HD is the most common genetic cause of abnormal involuntary writhing movements called chorea, which is why the disease used to be called Huntington's chorea.

Childhood SSI and Health and Physical Well-Being

     Parents applying for childhood SSI benefits are often confused by how the Social Security Administration evaluates the claim. The SSA looks at the child's functioning in terms of six domains. This entry dealing with Health and Physical Well-Being is the sixth in a series discussing domains of function.  In this domain, SSA considers the cumulative physical effects of physical or mental impairments and their associated treatments or therapies on a child's functioning that were not considered in other domains.  When the physical impairment(s), mental impairment(s), or combination of physical and mental impairments has physical effects that cause "extreme" limitation in functioning, the child will generally have an impairment(s) that "meets" or "medically equals" a listing.

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