Zoloft is a prescription drug in the SSRI class of medications. Use of SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy has has been linked to an increase risk of several birth defects. Heart valve abnormalities are among the congenital defects associated with SSRI use.
There are four valves that control blood flow through the four chambers of the heart and its major arteries. They are called the tricuspid, pulmonary, aortic, and mitral valves. Congenital heart valve defects occur at birth when an infant’s heart valves either are blocked, narrowed, or fail to close properly. These defects alter normal circulation and impair the heart’s ability to provide adequate blood flow throughout the rest of the body.
Zoloft use during pregnancy is linked to heart valve abnormalities. If you or a loved one took Zoloft during pregnancy and your baby was born with a heart valve defect, you may be entitled to recover substantial financial compensation. Contact us now for a free no-obligation consultation with a top Zoloft heart defect lawsuit attorney. 800-845-6913
Three common types of heart valve defects include:
Valve stenosis is the narrowing of a heart valve. The heart must work harder to pump blood through an abnormally narrow valve. This puts an extra strain on the heart. Types of valve stenosis include: aortic valve stenosis, pulmonary valve stenosis, tricuspid valve stenosis, and mitral stenosis.
Atresia is the closure of a heart valve. It occurs where either the normal opening is covered by a solid tissue or the valve itself does not exist. Two common types of heart valve averse are pulmonary atresia and tricuspid atresia.
Valve regurgitation occurs when the failure of a heart valve to close completely causes blood to leak back through the valve. A common type of this defect is mitral valve regurgitation.
Heart valve abnormalities range from mild to severe. Treatment may include surgery to repair the valves or replace them with artificial valves. Some babies also may require additional surgeries later in life.
Heart Valve Abnormalities and Zoloft Lawsuits
Recent studies have linked use of SSRI antidepressants such as Zoloft during pregnancy to an increased risk of congenital heart defects including heart valve abnormalities.
If your baby suffered a heart valve abnormality, you should speak with a birth defects lawsuit attorney about you legal rights. You may be entitled to recover financial compensation from the drug company for personal injury or wrongful death damages. To learn more, contact us today for a free, private, no-obligation consultation with an experienced Zoloft lawsuit attorney.