Zoloft® and Atrial Septal Defects (ASD)
Zoloft® birth defects can include cardiovascular defects like septal defects of the heart. An atrial septal defect refers to a hole in the heart of a newborn. If your child was born with a septal heart defect or another kind of congenital heart defect, we may be able to help you seek financial compensation. To find out more information in a free and confidential consultation, please contact us today.
Zoloft® Atrial Septal Defects
Some of the most common Zoloft® birth defects are atrial septal defects. Infants that have atrial septal defects are born with an abnormal hole between the walls of the upper chambers (atria) of the heart. In normal functioning hearts, blood that has been passed through the body returns to the right atrium and then passes through the right ventricle to the lungs to receive oxygen. Once it has received oxygen, it is passed to the left atrium and then to the left ventricle. The oxygen rich blood will then be pumped through aorta to the rest of the body.
Infants that have atrial septal defects will have a hole in the wall that separates the two upper chambers. The abnormal opening allows the oxygen rich blood to mix with the oxygen poor blood, increasing the amount of blood that is then transferred to the lungs. As the blood travels to the lungs, it creates a swishing sound that can be detected by a cardiologist. This sound is called a murmur.
Minor atrial septal defects can be treated with few complications. The more severe cases can lead to serious, life-threatening complications. Surgery involves patching the hole in the heart and can sometimes be done through a catheter. Symptoms of septal heart defects can include:
- Bluish discoloration of the skin
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling in the legs and feet
Other Congenital Heart Defects
Other congenital heart defects include:
- Ventricular Septal Defects - these septal defects are similar to atrial septal defects, but involve a hole in the lower chambers of the heart.
- Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome - a heart defect in which the entire left side of the heart is severely underdeveloped, leaving it unable to pump blood to the rest of the body.
- Heart Valve Defects - these cardiac defects involve narrowing or closure of the valves which control blood flow, restricting circulation.
- Transposition of the Great Arteries - a heart abnormality in which the two main arteries, the pulmonary and the aorta, are reversed. This causes oxygenated blood to cycle back to the lungs, and blood from the body to circulate back to the body without going to the lungs.
Getting Help for Your Infant's Heart Defect
If your baby is born with an atrial septal defect or another type of congenital heart malfunction and you took Zoloft® during your pregnancy, you should speak with a Zoloft® birth defect attorney about your legal options. You might be eligible to recover financial compensation through a birth defect lawsuit. For more information, please contact us today.