Heart Testing Before Starting Stimulant Drugs
In 2008, the American Heart Association issued a scientific statement recommending that children with ADHD should receive careful heart evaluation and monitoring, including having an electrocardiogram (ECG, also called EKG), before beginning stimulant drug therapy. The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a response, stating that routine ECG testing prior to initiating stimulant drug therapy is not necessary.
In addition to ECG, the American Heart Association recommends that doctors:
The AHA notes that stimulant drugs remain a reasonable option for children with stable heart disease or those who are currently receiving care from a pediatric cardiologist.
Stimulant drugs for ADHD include:
St. Johnâ ' s wort Not Effective for ADHD
The herbal remedy St. Johnâ ' s wort does not work any better than placebo in improving ADHD symptoms in children and teens, according to a 2008 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. To date, no scientific evidence has demonstrated the effectiveness of any herbal or dietary supplement in helping relieve ADHD symptoms.
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