ADHD AND HEART RISK
ANCHOR LEAD: KIDS WHO WILL BE TREATED WITH MEDICATION FOR ADHD NEED A HEART EVALUTION, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Most types of medications used to manage attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD could pose a risk to the heart, the American Heart Association asserts, and these kids should be evaluated accordingly. Rick Lange, a cardiologist at Johns Hopkins, explains.
LANGE: In Circulation are guidelines suggesting that kids that have ADHD, that is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, should undergo routine heart evaluations. That stems from the fact that many of these medications are associated with an increased incidence of sudden cardiac death or irregular heart rhythms, especially in kids that have underlying heart disease. It’s important therefore for children who will undergo treatment to have a heart screening done. That usually involves three very simple things: a very good history, secondly physical examination and the third is a routine ECG. :33
Lange says primary care docs are able to carry out screening and can refer the kids to a cardiologist for more indepth testing if it’s necesaryne. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.