Heart Valve Birth Defects

Heart Valve Birth Defects

The leading law firm of Alonso Krangle LLP is investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of families whose child may have been born with a heart valve birth defect because of their mother’s use of a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant during pregnancy. A growing body of research has linked the use of SSRI antidepressants to birth defects, including heart valve birth defects, such as valve stenosis, valve atresia, and valve regurgitation. SSRIs that may be associated with the occurrence of heart valve birth defects include:

  • Celexa
  • Lexapro
  • Paxil
  • Prozac
  • Zoloft

The birth defect lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP are leaders in defective drug litigation, and understand the difficult road families of children with heart valve birth defects must travel. If your child’s suffering was caused by an SSRI antidepressant taken during pregnancy, your family deserves compensation from the maker of that drug. Filing a SSRI heart valve birth defect lawsuit could enable you to obtain money damages for your child’s current and future medical needs, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. The birth defect lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP are currently offering free lawsuit consultations in all 50 states to any family who believes an SSRI caused their baby to suffer a heart valve birth defect. To learn more about obtaining justice for your baby, please contact the SSRI birth defect lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP today.

What are Heart Valve Birth Defects?

The human heart has four valves (tricuspid, pulmonary, mitral and aortic valves) that control the flow of blood through the four heart chambers and the major heart arteries. Heart valve birth defects occur when one of these four valves are either blocked, narrowed or fail to close normally, causing blood to flow poorly throughout the body. Heart valve defects can lead to a number of heart abnormalities, including Ebstein’s anomaly and tetralogy of Fallot.

Heart valve birth defects include:

  • Valve Stenosis: This is a narrowing of any of the heart’s four valves: pulmonary valve stenosis, mitral stenosis, tricuspid valve stenosis and aortic valve stenosis. A narrow valve puts extra strain on the heart, causing it to work much harder to pump blood through the abnormal valve.
  • Atresia: Atresia is the absence of the normal opening in the valve or the absence of the valve all together. Pulmonary atresia and tricuspid atresia are two common types of heart valve atresia.
  • Regurgitation: Regurgitation can occur when a valve fails to close completely, causing blood to leak back through the valve. As the leak worsens, the heart has to work harder to make up for the leaky valve, and less blood may flow to the rest of the body. Depending on which valve is affected, the conditioned is called tricuspid regurgitation, pulmonary regurgitation, mitral regurgitation or aortic regurgitation.
  • Symptoms and Treatment of Heart Valve Birth Defects

    The most common symptom of a valve defect in a fetus is a heart murmur, which may be detected during prenatal check-ups. Other signs of heart valve abnormalities in infants and small children include:

    • Labored breathing
    • Chest pain
    • Fatigue
    • Poor feeding
    • Dizziness or fainting
    • Cyanosis (blue skin)
    • Blood pressure abnormalities

    Abnormal heart valves may require surgery to either repair the valves or replace them with artificial valves. In some cases, additional surgeries are necessary later in life.

    Learn more about Filing an SSRI Heart Valve Birth Defect Lawsuit

    If your child was born with a heart valve birth defect, and you believe an SSRI, including Celexa, Lexapro, Paxil, Prozac, or Zoloft, might be to blame, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers of these medications. To learn more about the legal options available to you, please contact the SSRI birth defect lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP by filling out our online form or calling 1-800-403-6191.