Ventricular Septal Defect
One of the most common types of Paxil birth defects is Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD). This is sometimes referred to as a hole in the heart and is a typical congenital heart defect in which there is an abnormal opening in the wall between the right ventricle and the left ventricle.
When blood circulates in the body, it enters the heart though the right atrium and passes through to the right ventricle and flows out through the pulmonary artery to the lungs where it picks up oxygen and gets rid of carbon dioxide. From the lungs, blood returns to the left atrium and then enters the left ventricle where it is pumped to the body through the aorta.
When VSD is present, there is a hole between the right ventricle and the left ventricle. This allows some of the blood in the left ventricle (which has been enriched with oxygen) to pass through the abnormal hole and back into the right ventricle of the heart instead of out to the tissues within the body. This causes there to be a mix of oxygen-rich and oxygen-poor blood in the right ventricle that will then go out to the lungs. The blood flowing through the hole creates extra noise, which is known as a heart murmur. This is easily heard by a doctor using a stethoscope.
If you were on Paxil during your pregnancy and your child suffered from a heart condition, it is imperative that you speak with an attorney immediately to protect you interests. A Paxil Patient Advocate is available to speak with you anytime to find out more about your case. Call 1-800-554-4109 for more information.