Zoloft Septal Defects

According to a study published by the New England Journal of Medicine, children whose mothers used Zoloft during the first trimester of pregnancy are twice as likely to suffer from a form of heart defects known as septal defects. Septal defects are divided into two types—atrial septal defects (ASD) or ventral septal defects (VSD)—depending on which chambers of the heart are affected.

In a normal child’s heart, blood enters the heart in the right atrium and is sent to the right ventricle, where it is pumped to the lungs through the pulmonary artery. After it is enriched with oxygen in the lungs, the blood reenters the heart in the left atrium and is sent to the left ventricle, where it is pumped through the aorta to deliver oxygen to the rest of the body.

Holes in the wall (septum) that divides the lower and upper chambers of the heart.

However, children with septal defects suffer from holes in the walls of their heart, which allow blood to flow sideways and interrupting its normal path through the heart. This makes the heart muscles have to work harder to pump blood through the body.

In many cases, septal defects close on their own over the course of a child’s first two years of life. However, in some cases, larger ASDs or VSDs can persist. If not treated with medication or surgery, these congenital birth defects can lead to other serious complications, including congestive heart failure, high blood pressure in the lungs, poor growth or other conditions.

If you or a loved one used Zoloft or another antidepressant during pregnancy and gave birth to a child suffering from septal defects or other forms of birth defects, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit. For a free legal consultation, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the free case evaluation form located on this page.

For more information on heart defects caused by Zoloft use during pregnancy, visit our Zoloft birth defects website.

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