Cincinnati, Ohio Congenital Heart Defect Lawyer investigates various drug risks and pharmaceutical injury for plaintiffs nationwide

Congenital Heart Defects (CHDs) are present at birth and can affect the structure of a baby’s heart and affect how blood flows through the heart and to the rest of the body. Heart defects at birth can vary from mild to severe. About 1 in 4 babies born with a heart defect has a critical CHD, and require surgery or other procedures in the first year of life.

Congenital Heart Defects are the most common types of birth defects. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CHDs affect almost 40,000 newborns per year in the United States. The prevalence of some CHDs, especially mild types, is increasing.

The most common type of heart defect is a ventricular septal defect. Researchers estimate that about one million U.S. children and about 1.4 million U.S. adults are currently living with CHDs.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Ohio drug recall attorney and congenital heart defect lawyer representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of civil litigation claims against pharmaceutical companies, and medical professionals responsible for children born with injuries.

Types of Congenital Heart Defects

  • Atrial Septal Defect
  • Atrioventricular Septal Defect
  • Coarctation of the Aorta
  • D-Transposition of the Great Arteries
  • Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
  • Pulmonary Atresia
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return
  • Tricuspid Atresia
  • Truncus Arteriosus
  • Ventricular Septal Defect

Diagnosis & Treatment of Congenital Heart Defects

Some heart defects may be diagnosed in the womb during pregnancy using a type of ultrasound called a fetal echocardiogram. However, some CHDs are not detected until after birth or later in childhood.

Congenital Heart Defects are a leading cause of birth defect-associated infant illness and death. Infant deaths due to CHDs often occur when the baby is less than 28 days old, in the neonatal period. In a study of neonatal deaths, over 4 percent of all neonatal deaths are due to a CHD. The survival of infants with CHDs depends on how severe the defect is, when it is diagnosed, and how it is treated.

Treatment for birth defects depends on the type and severity of the defect present. Some affected infants and children may require surgery to repair the heart or blood vessels. Some can be treated without surgery using a procedure called cardiac catheterization. Sometimes the heart defect can’t be fully repaired, but certain procedures can improve blood flow and heart function levels.

Causes of Congenital Heart Defects

The causes of CHDs among most babies involve changes in their individual genes or chromosomes. At least 15 percent of heart defects are associated with genetic conditions.

CHDs also are thought to be caused by a combination of environmental factors, the mother’s diet, the mother’s health conditions, or the mother’s use of certain medication use during pregnancy. Some pharmaceuticals have been linked to birth defects, including congenital heart defects. Medications may be critical at some point in pregnancy, though the risks of taking toxic medications can do more harm than good.

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Contact a Congenital Heart Defect Lawyer

Birth defects in the United States take their toll on the medical industry and on families across the nation. The average out of pocket medical care cost for an infant with any CHD is about $23,000, and costs are higher for infants with a severe CHD. Families of children with CHDs can face other costs, such as lifestyle changes, lost wages, and potentially long-term personal care costs for disabled children.

About 20 to 30 percent of people with a CHD have other physical problems or developmental or cognitive disorders. Children with a CHD are twice as likely to receive special education services compared to children without birth defects.

If your child is injured as a result of a Congenital Heart Defect that may be linked to the use of a prescribed drug, you may seek compensation and may have a rightful claim against the negligent parties responsible. The Lyon Firm is committed to recovering medical costs and proper compensation for the suffering and emotional pain that comes from birth defects and injuries.

If your child was born with a Congenital Heart Defect due to the use of pharmaceuticals or medical malpractice, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, a congenital heart defect lawyer and he will help you answer these critical questions.