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Understanding how an atrial septal defect develops

Posted on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 at 4:41 pm by Williams Hart    

Atrial septal defect is a condition wherein a hole is present between the left and the right atrium of the heart, causing the oxygenated blood to leak into the chamber that contains the oxygen-depleted blood. This might eventually lead to lung damage due to an increased volume of blood going into the lungs from the atrium.

Different chambers in the heart perform specific roles in blood circulation, and they are divided by muscle walls called septum. During pregnancy, the septum dividing the left and the right atrium contains an opening to bypass the passing of the blood to the non-functioning lungs of the fetus to acquire oxygen. At birth, this opening is expected to close as the lungs become functional.

However, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant Zoloft is known to affect the complete development of the atrial septum, which leads to atrial septal defect. If your baby is suffering from atrial septal defect due to Zoloft, contact an attorney from Williams Hart to explore the possibility of getting compensation from the drug’s manufacturer. You can reach us at (713) 352-7071 to find out more about your legal options.

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