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Atrial Septal Defects

Atrial septal defects are holes between the upper chambers of the heart (the atria) that develop before a baby is born. Because of these openings, atrial septal defects allow oxygen-rich blood from the left atrium to mix with oxygen-poor blood from the right atrium of the heart.

In patients with larger atrial septal defects, this increased blood volume may overwork the right side of the heart and cause too much blood to be pumped into the lungs. If left untreated, patients with more serious atrial septal defects may develop atrial fibrillation, pulmonary hypertension, heart failure or stroke.

Symptoms of atrial septal defects may include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Bluish color of the skin
  • Tiring easily
  • Swollen legs or feet
  • Heart skipping beats (palpitations)

Women who use Zoloft during pregnancy may be more likely to give birth to a child with atrial septal defects or other heart defects. In 2007 a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine warned that women who use Zoloft during the first trimester of pregnancy are twice as likely to give birth to a child with atrial septal defects as non-users.

If you or a loved one used Zoloft during pregnancy and gave birth to a child with atrial septal defects 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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