ADHD Children Need To Be Tested For Heart Before Treatment

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2008-04-22 08:03

The stimulant drugs, used for ADHD treatment, while not much significant, are important to monitor for children with ADHD and certain heart conditions. This is why ADHD children should receive an electrocardiogram (ECG) to rule out heart abnormalities before beginning ADHD treatment with stimulant drugs.

American Heart Association says that children currently taking stimulant drugs for ADHD Treatment who did not have an ECG prior to treatment should get an ECG.

Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) should get careful cardiac evaluation and monitoring - including an electrocardiogram (ECG) - before starting treatment with stimulant drugs, a new American Heart Association statement recommends.

View the Scientific Statement here

The scientific statement on Cardiovascular Monitoring of Children and Adolescents with Heart Disease Receiving Stimulant Drugs is published online in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

In 1999, concerns over potential cardiovascular effects of psychotropic drugs, especially tricyclic antidepressants, but including stimulants, prompted an American Heart Association Scientific Statement: Cardiovascular Monitoring of Children and Adolescents Receiving Psychotropic Drugs. However, no specific cardiovascular monitoring was recommended for the use of stimulant medications. Warnings from the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about stimulant medications and public concern for the safety of using them have prompted the current statement.

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