What is Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension in Newborns? New York Attorney Bernard Daskal Explains

What is Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension in Newborns? New York Attorney Bernard Daskal Explains

November 7, 2019 0 By Jose Scott


What is persistent pulmonary
hypertension in newborns? Hi. I’m Bernard Daskal of Lynch
Daskal Emery in New York City. I represent individuals who’ve
been harmed by pharmaceuticals or medical devices. And today
I’m going to answer this important question for you.
Our lungs perform an important function in our bodies. They
take in oxygen, transmit that oxygen through our blood stream,
but also expel carbon dioxide from our systems. In unborn
babies, the task of oxygenating the blood is performed by the
placenta not by the lungs. Therefore in an unborn baby the
blood vessels to the lungs are very constricted. After birth
the umbilical cord is cut, those blood vessels to the lungs
dilate, and the lungs take over the task of oxygenating the
blood. Unfortunately, in some babies, those blood vessels to
the lungs remain constricted causing pressure to build up in
the pulmonary vessels. When that happens, you have pulmonary
hypertension. If it’s persistent – if it doesn’t go away – that
is a very serious condition because it means not enough
oxygen is getting to the body’s organs. Some studies have
suggested that certain medications and particular SSRIs
– that’s Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors or Serotonin
Specific Reuptake Inhibitors – used during pregnancy could
cause this condition to develop. If you’re watching this video,
it may be because you have more questions about SSRIs and
the potential cause of birth defects. If you do, give me a
call. It’s 800-585-1190. I can answer your questions.
I’m Bernard Daskal and thank you for watching.