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Kids with ADHD can take stimulant meds sans fear of heart risk

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Washington: As per a recent study, stimulant meds are safe and effective for children with ADHD and congenital heart disease.

In the study, 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.

Children with congenital heart disease are at high risk for ADHD, but fears about cardiovascular side effects, including sudden death, limit the use of stimulant medications, says senior author Julia Anixt.

Anixt added that this study indicates that stimulants are both effective and safe when prescribed with appropriate monitoring and in collaboration with the patient’s cardiologist.

The study was presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics in Las Vegas. (ANI)