Part of a recommendation that children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) receive heart evaluations before treatment with stimulant drugs is drawing criticism from some experts who say the advice is premature. The guidance, provided in a statement recently published by the American Heart Association (AHA), appeared to suggest adding an electrocardiogram (ECG) to pretreatment evaluations of a child with ADHD and consulting with a cardiologist if an abnormal reading is generated (Vetter VL et al. Circulation. 2008;117:2407-2423).
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The American Heart Association recommends assessing children for heart conditions before prescribing stimulant medications for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
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