Stimulant Meds OK for ADHD Kids With Heart Problems

A new study finds that children with congenital heart disease and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can take stimulant medications without fear of significant cardiovascular side effects.

In a study presented at a national meeting this week, researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center have found no increased risk for death or changes in cardiac vital signs, such as blood pressure or heart rate, even for children with ADHD and severe heart conditions. They also found that when treated with stimulant medications, patients had significant improvements in ADHD symptoms as measured by standardized rating scales.

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