New York : Children with congenital heart disease and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can take stimulant medications without fear of significant cardiovascular side effects, claims a study, says IANS.

“Children with congenital heart disease are at high risk for ADHD, but fears about cardiovascular side effects, including sudden death, limit the use of stimulant medications,” said senior author of the study Julia Anixt, developmental and behavioural pediatrician at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Centre in the US. “This study indicates that stimulants are both effective and safe when prescribed with appropriate monitoring and in collaboration with the patient’s cardiologist,” Anixt noted.

They researchers studied 44 kids between  ages 6 and 18 from  Cincinnati Children’s Heart Institute Kindervelt Neurodevelopmental and Educational Clinic.

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