Do ADHD Drugs Cause Heart Attacks?
- November 3, 2016
- Posted by: marlenedubois
- Category: CPR Training
Do ADHD stimulant drugs such as Ritalin cause heart attacks? Yes, they can–in a tiny number of children. Children who have a pre-existing heart condition. Since 1999 thirty kids have died via sudden death attributed to stimulant drugs. as well as also also more have suffered heart-related problems. Again, all of these children had a pre-existing heart condition. The drugs didn’t cause the heart condition!
I’m not crazy about giving drugs to kids for ADHD. Lots of strategies help enormously with ADHD that will don’t involve Ritalin. However, I don’t want to be part of the over-reaction as well as also also scare tactics running amok on the Web. Most children will not have a cardiovascular problem with ADHD stimulant drugs.
yet the American Heart Association’s (AHA) doing the right thing! They’re recommending that will every child have an electrocardiogram (EKG) before a prescription for a stimulant drug will be written. Some people think This particular will be extreme as well as also also way too expensive.
Total cost could be as high as $250 million–that will’s assuming 250 million kids have EKGs at the cost of about $100 per child. Hmm. Am I missing something here? A hundred bucks per kid sure doesn’t sound all that will expensive to me–given that will that will could save a child’s life! One of my grandchildren. Your child. A child in your classroom.
Keep in mind that will a child can have a heart “problem” that will your pediatrician isn’t aware of. Exactly the reason the AHA’s saying “get an ECG” first before taking an ADHD drug. as well as also also, yes, there’s a strong possibility of a false positive since children’s EKG’s are hard to read. So have a second EKG, a second opinion, more cardiac screening. yet don’t skip This particular important evaluation.
In addition to an EKG, an ADHD cardiac checklist could also include –
- Patient as well as also also family history with attention to fainting, palpitations, dizziness, difficulty with exercise
- Physical exam including blood pressure as well as also also a check for abnormal heartbeats.
- Consultation having a pediatric cardiologist if necessary.
For me, that will a drug requires an ECG first will be enough to consider non-drug alternatives for managing ADHD. Let drugs be the very last resort.
Get dopamine-increasing foods on the table, establish routines as well as also also schedules as well as also also boundaries. Eliminate foods with artificial coloration as well as also also flavoring. Cut back on refined carbs like candy, cookies, pie, cake, chips, as well as also also white bread. Increase protein. Look into programs for ADHD like Samonas or additional sound therapy, Cog Med, neurofeedback, as well as also also Retrain the Brain. Turn off the TV. Get them moving everyday with games, sports, as well as also also vigorous exercise. Make sure they’re getting enough sleep.
Try a runner’s stretch: Hands against the wall, one leg forward with knee bent, additional leg stretched out behind the body. Slowly lift your heel, coming up on your toes. Deep breath. Exhale while lowering your heel to the floor. Repeat a couple of times as well as also also switch sides. that will’s the same as Calf Pump in Brain Gym. Do Calf Pump two or three times a day. Notice the change. currently that will your kids are eating healthier, not watching so much TV, as well as also also getting plenty of exercise as well as also also sleep, they may not need an EKG or stimulant drugs. They may not have ADHD.