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Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome

Patients who took Zoloft or similar antidepressants during pregnancy may be more likely than other antidepressant users to give birth to a child with a serious type of heart defect known as hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). Zoloft is part of a class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

In children born with HLHS, the left side of the heart—which pumps oxygen-rich blood to the body—is underdeveloped. As a result, the right side must pump blood to both the lungs and the body. Although the right side of the heart can sustain this extra workload for the first several days of a life, without treatment, HLHS is usually fatal within one to two weeks.

Symptoms of HLHS include cyanosis (bluish skin color), difficulty breathing, cold hands or feet, drowsiness or poor feeding. Parents whose children exhibit symptoms such as these may wish to seek help from a doctor to check for the possibility of HLHS.

The left side of the heart is underdeveloped.

Children who are born with HLHS may receive medication to keep blood flowing properly throughout the body, followed by surgery or a heart transplant. Although new treatment methods have improved the health outlook for babies born with HLHS, complications from this condition may persist later in life even following successful treatment.

If you or a loved one used Zoloft while pregnant and gave birth to a child with HLHS or other birth defects, you may be eligible 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.

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