Hypoplastic right heart syndrome (HRHS) is a rare congenital birth defect that is characterized by a critically underdeveloped right side of the heart. As a result, the heart is unable to circulate oxygenated blood throughout the body at an efficient rate. In this article we will discuss the signs and symptoms, causes and risk factors of hypoplastic right heart syndrome.
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Signs & Symptoms of Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome
Symptoms of hypoplastic right heart syndrome are typically noticed immediately after birth. Common symptoms of this congenital birth defect include:
- Bluish-gray discoloration of the skin
- Difficulties in breathing
- Poor feeding
- Cold hands/feet
Causes of Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome
For the most part, doctors agree that the specific causes of hypoplastic right heart syndrome in children remain unknown. However, in July 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning about the heart defect risks caused by using antidepressants during pregnancy. Antidepressants have been linked to an increased risk of hypoplastic right heart syndrome in children born to mothers who took them during pregnancy. The following is a list of antidepressant medications that have been linked to this type of birth defect:
- Zoloft (Sertraline)
- Celexa (Citalopram)
- Prozac (Fluoxetine)
- Lexapro (Escitalopram)
- Symbyax (fluoxetine and olanzapine)
- Effexor (Venlafaxine)
Risk Factors of Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome
Mothers who have already had a child who suffered from hypoplastic right heart syndrome may be at a greater risk of having another baby develop the same condition. Antidepressants have also been linked to hypoplastic right heart syndrome when taken by pregnant mothers.
Do I have a Hypoplastic Right Heart Symptom Lawsuit?
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