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ECG Recommend Before Children Take Ritalin

I’ve not had time to check into this further but it suggests that children on medication like Ritalin, Adderall and other stimulants are at risk of sudden cardiac failure if they have a rare heart condition. The American Heart Association is therefore advising that children are given a ECG prior to being prescribed stimulents.

Children diagnosed with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder should have a thorough heart work-up, including an electrocardiogram, before taking stimulants such as Ritalin to treat the condition, according to a new recommendation by the American Heart Association.

The advice marks the first time a medical-guidelines body in the U.S. has urged wide use of an electrocardiogram, which charts electrical activity in the heart, to screen a presumed healthy population for abnormalities.

From: New Guidelines Urge Heart Tests Before Kids Take ADHD Drugs

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