If your child is treated with stimulants for ADHD please read this

April 22, 2008 Kyron No Comments

There are many children with a diagnosis of ADHD, some concurrent with other issues. A new study from the American Heart Association however is showing that a basic test should be done on our kids taking stimulants for their ADHD.

The American Heart Association believes that all of the estimated 2.5 million children taking ADHD medications should have an EKG to rule out problems. This test should be done on children both who have been taking the medication for some time as well as those who have just started. No one believes at this time that the medication is causing heart disease. It is believed that somewhere in the neighborhood of 1 in 50 of children being treated for ADHD may have a previously undiagnosed disease. For some reason children with ADHD are 3 times more likely to have heart problems.

This MSNBC/Today Show video is well worth watching if you have a child taking ADHD meds. Please take a minute to point it out to a friend who has a child who is taking these meds if yours isn’t. It’s information that should get out there. While it’s not reason for panic, it is most certainly reason to check with your pediatrician or prescribing physician. An EKG is an inexpensive, non-invasive procedure that takes only minutes but could absolutely save a life.

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