Monday, April 21, 2008

Heart group recommends EKGs before children take ADHD drugs

The American Heart Association said Monday that children should have an electrocardiogram to assess heart disease risk before taking stimulant medicines such as Ritalin to treat ADHD. Such drugs can elevate the heart rate and blood pressure, rendering young patients with heart conditions susceptible to sudden cardiac arrest and other cardiovascular problems. TIME/Associated Press

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