Heart group recommends EKGs before children take ADHD drugs

04/21/2008 | TIME (subscription required)

The American Heart Association said Monday that children should have an electrocardiogram to assess heart disease risk before taking stimulant medicines such as Ritalin to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Such drugs can elevate the heart rate and blood pressure, rendering young patients with heart conditions susceptible to sudden cardiac arrest and other cardiovascular problems.

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