AAP: Children don't need EKGs before taking ADHD drugs

07/29/2008 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

Most children do not have to undergo electrocardiogram tests before being treated with drugs for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to a new policy from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The American Heart Association recommended routine EKGs, but the pediatricians' group said there is no scientific proof to back the advice. Deaths because of stimulant drugs for ADHD are more common in the general population than among young patients, the group said.

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