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Symptoms of ventricular septal defect

Posted on Thursday, June 19th, 2014 at 10:28 am by Williams Hart   

Ventricular septal defect (VSD) occurs when the hole between the left and the right ventricles of an infant fails to close upon birth. This hole would allow the de-oxygenated blood to leak into the chamber that contains oxygen-rich blood, resulting in an inadequate supply of oxygen to the other parts of the body.

Although small septal holes between the ventricles may pose no signs and symptoms, large ventricular septal holes may cause a baby to experience one or more of the following VSD manifestations:

  • Cyanosis, or the purplish/bluish color of the skin, the fingernails, and the lips
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swollen legs and feet
  • Faster-than-normal heartbeat
  • Difficulty feeding
  • Weakness

Sadly, babies who have been exposed to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant Zoloft while in utero have an increased risk of VSD. If your baby has suffered these consequence because of Zoloft, a lawyer at Williams Hart might be able to assist you in pursuing justice and compensation by possibly filing a claim. You may contact us at (713) 352-7071 for a free assessment of your situation.

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