ADHD Drugs May Be Harmful To Your Heart

Heart experts say kids diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder should be screened for certain heart conditions before going on some ADHD drugs.

Studies have shown that stimulant medications can increase heart rate and blood pressure. These are side effects that wouldn't affect most children, but could be very serious, and even deadly, for those with certain heart conditions.

The American Heart Association has issued a statement recommending children undergo an electrocardiogram before beginning stimulant drugs to treat ADHD. An ECG measures the heart's electrical activity and can often identify abnormalities in heart rhythm that may lead to sudden cardiac death.

The statement also encourages doctors to reevaluate children and teens already on these drugs.


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  • by Giulia Location: Italia on May 29, 2008 at 08:00 AM
    Adhd misbehavure?NO!My teachers would say Julia is a good kid but hums to herself and doodles and she isnt learning. I was born in u.s. and spoke a mix of english and italian. I was a space cadet it was like living in fog.When I got the meds I read better, could speak in sentences instead of one word, and my mind was not a torrent of dizzying thoughts.I was about to be labeled retarded yes RETARTED!Now im going to college and have honors in English literature and writing. I have no health problems and am tall for a girl. These restrictions are maddening! I am about to go to Italy and take my first college class but I wont have enough meds to get me through and I cant get more because of the once-a-month policy.As with any drug some kids have side effects. However for people like me that it works well for your hindering them.So thanks alot im going to be a space cadet for my first class in college.(Yes I see the spelling & punctuation errors limited space though.)
  • by Kim & Frankie Location: Kenansville on Apr 23, 2008 at 10:18 AM
    My husband and I raised 4 sons together. The next to oldest one was ADHD and was put on medication when he was in the 3rd grade. Things around our house and school impoved 110%~!! This same son is now a successful grown man with a little girl who is now ADHD and on medication. My son took it hard and blamed himself at first. He now sees that she has improved a great deal in school and at home. ADHD is real. It has nothing to do with discipline. We treated all 4 of our sons the same. Only one of them was ADHD. Spankings, time-outs, etc. did not help. He had to have the medication. He took the medication until he was 15 and then was able to finish school and go on with life without it. So please do not open your mouth and judge a situation that you know nothing about until you have been there. Walk in the shoes of these kids with ADHD and then tell the world that it isn't real. ADHD IS REAL~!!
  • by Janelle Location: Washington on Apr 22, 2008 at 06:37 PM
    To Mike & David: I am a parent of a daughter who has recently been diagnosed with ADHD. Before her actual diagnosis, I knew what I was dealing with, as I grew up with my brother who had ADHD. It is a REAL DISORDER! My daughter is almost 6 years old, and up until 1 month ago, was not medicated for this. I tried an altered diet, using Omega-3 and vitamin E supplements to help with behavior, but it did not work. In the month since beginning her meds, it is like having a completely different child! We don't have as many arguments, her school work has improved 100%, and she no longer gets in trouble at school. And the best part is...she still has her wonderful, bubbly attitude! When a child truly needs these meds, and a PARENT does everything in their power to alter behavior patterns, I have no problem with them. There are many situations when I am sure it is the lack of parenting that causes some issues, that is not the case in our home. Don't put others down when you know no nothing about
  • by another ADHD mom Location: greenville on Apr 22, 2008 at 06:34 PM
    So Mike and David, do you have high blood pressure? Or diabetes? Do you take medicine for it? ADHD is a medical condition. Yes children need discipline--when my child misbehaves he is punished, and he is spanked. But since he has been on medication, he hasn't misbehaved--he is still himself, and the problem is fixed. He is able to listen and learn in class without disturbing other students, and without being beaten. And my child is NOT a drug addict, thank you very much. Before you spout off, how about learning a little about what you're commenting on.
  • by Mike on Apr 22, 2008 at 01:51 PM
    I agree 100% with david.Ive got news for these pepole,There is no magic pill.They all have side effects and most of them are worse than the what is being treated.Im sick and tired of the doctors.Everytime ive been all they want to do is give drugs well i dont like drugs.I also dont want the problem coverd up i want it fixed. Sorry to run off on a side bar but it happens. Ive been paddeled in school sevreal times but i remember this one time really well.I was in the 7th grade and acting up and my science teacher took me and the rest of the class outside.I was told to put my hands on the wall and the rest of the class was told to gather around me while recived my paddeling.Not only did it hurt physically but it also embarressed the daylights out of me. So all i can say is Parents RAISE youre children and TEACH them RESPECT and DISIPLINE.As most of our parents taught us.
  • by David Location: Manteo on Apr 22, 2008 at 10:30 AM
    This is all the fault of those who took disaplining out of the schools. And those who made the laws that spanking isnt allowed in the home. I spanked my kids, just like I was spanked when I was a child. I refused to make my child a drug addict! My parents didnt make me a drug addict either. I had gotten paddled a many of days by my teachers and it taught me well. These parents these days refuse to be parents and would rather make their kids drug addicts rather than tend to them... Its shameful!! There wasnt no such thing as ADHD until spanking became illegal.. Then the drugs were introduced!! Dont spank your child, instead, lets just drug them up and throw them in a room for a while.. You people should be ashamed of yourselves. Now look at what you did.. You killed your kids!!! SHAME! SHAME! SHAME!!
  • by ADHD mom Location: kinston on Apr 22, 2008 at 06:13 AM
    Now what? Give them the meds you are killing them, dont give them the meds the teachers can not (or think they can not) control them. Whats a mom to do?
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