ADHD Medication | Heart Risk?

ADHD Medication Heart Risk

Today, the New England Journal of Medicine published the results of a study that showed there is no increased risk of serious heart problems in children and young adults who take medication to treat ADHD.

This study was a large retrospective study that reviewed the medical records from four health plans of 1.2 million children and young adults from ages 2 to 24 years old.  This study evaluated the frequency of sudden cardiac death, heart attack, and stroke in those treated with ADHD medication versus those not treated with ADHD medication.  Those with a history of heart problems were not included in this study. The FDA sponsored this study, as they wanted more information regarding the potential side effect of sudden death that had been previously reported with ADHD medication.  Funding for this study was obtained by two agencies in the Department of Health and Human Services.
It is reassuring that there is no increased risk of ADHD medications associated with sudden cardiac death, heart attack, and stroke.  However, parents should still make informed decisions regarding their child’s medications and their health with their child’s doctors. And as with any chronic medication, ADHD medications should be monitored by their doctor.

If you would like to learn more about ADHD, starting with an answer to the common question, “What is ADHD?, please go to http://bit.ly/um63SP.

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About Nancy M. Silva, MD, FAAP

I'm a Board Certified Pediatrician. I've been in practice since 2000. I'm happily married with two children. I graduated Medical School from the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn, NY. My Pediatric Residency training was at University of South Florida, College of Medicine. I've been in private practice since 2000. As a medical student, I had the privilege to care for children at Kings County Hospital & Downstate Medical Center in urban Brooklyn. As a resident, I cared for children at Tampa General Hospital & All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. These experiences helped shape the Pediatrician I am today.

One Reply to “ADHD Medication | Heart Risk?”

  1. There are so many treatments for ADHD that has been formulated. Medication is an option but I am not likely to approve that much on chemical medications. I know you can find that treatment that will suit your needs.

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