Medical News: ADHD Drugs Don't Damage Hearts - in Cardiovascular, Strokes from MedPage Today

Medical News: ADHD Drugs Don't Damage Hearts - in Cardiovascular, Strokes from MedPage Today

Patients often worry about taking stimulant drugs and getting heart problems. Often times this worry and concern is great enough to keep patients from even considering medication, which is the most effective treatment of ADHD. In a recent study stimulant drugs for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) didn't increase the risk of cardiovascular events in children.

This retrospective analysis showed no significant increase in risk of sudden cardiac death, stroke, or MI among younger current or former ADHD medication users compared with the general youth population, William Cooper, MD, MPH, of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, and colleagues reported online in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The main researcher, Dr.Cooper and colleagues noted, however, that the upper limits of the 95% confidence intervals for current and former users "indicated that the doubling of the risk couldn't be ruled out." But, even then, they wrote, the absolute magnitude of such an increased risk would be low."

A review of the research article can be found above. It includes a link to the original research.

As always, I remind you it's far better to get your medical advice from a medical doctor, not the internet. The basic research show so much of the fears and rumours on the internet are unrealistic and often misleading. Often they are coupled with advertisements for "natural" cures, books and programs that are not scientifically based. Talk to your doctor.