Both the FDA and the AMA are recommending heart checks for children on stimulant ADHD medications. This is because a number of young children have had heart attacks after taken drugs for ADHD. The FDA has put warnings on medication guides for stimulant ADHD meds like Ritalin and Concerta. Get more information on this in this video.
Today we’re going to do a video on ADHD and what has come out in the news recently, but before we get started I want to ask you a question because chances are if you’re watching this video you have personally been on ADHD drugs, maybe your child has been or maybe someone you know is on them or has been on them or maybe you’re just looking for a solution because you’re concerned about yourself or someone else. Before you got on those drugs, whether it was you or your child, did you have a heart scan or any type of preventative health heart check?
Really simple, you can just answer yes or no.
I’m really just curious to know out of how many that are watching, if you were or are on drugs, if you got a heart scan. Now the reason why I ask you that question is because just recently the American Heart Association came out with a recommendation in the news for any child prior to getting on an ADHD drug to get an electrocardiogram, which is a heart scan to determine if there are any heart problems associated with that child.
The reason why you need to get this scan is because ADHD drugs are stimulant drugs. Stimulant drugs increase your heart rate, they increase your blood pressure, and basically they just cause undue stress on the heart.
This has actually been a problem for a while, and the reason why this is because young kids, anywhere from ten to fourteen years old, after starting on Ritalin and after starting on ADHD drugs have had heart attacks and died. It has caused the FDA to pay attention to this, they’ve had hearings, and have actually decided that warnings need to be placed on the stimulant ADHD drug labels.
Here are the official warnings on all stimulant ADHD drugs, and I’m just going to read them to you:
Sudden death has been associated with stimulants at usual doses.
We’re not talking about extra excessive doses here. We’re talking about usual doses, in children and teens with structural heart abnormalities or other serious heart problems.
Children, teens or adults who are being considered for treatment with stimulant medicines should have a careful check-up, including family history and a physical exam to check for heart disease. Patients who develop symptoms such as chest pain during exertion, unexplained fainting or other possible heart symptoms should promptly get a heart evaluation. Sudden death, stroke and heart attack have been reported in adults taking stimulant drugs at usual doses for ADHD, and adults with heart abnormalities should also generally not be treated with stimulant drugs.
Now of course, I’m a nutritionist, and if you’ve seen my other videos you know that I believe that drugs are really a last resort, and actually I did a video on ADHD medications and how after three years they are not effective. They are not a long term solution anyways, but if you are going to go the medication route, this is the data that
you need to know. The FDA recommends a heart scan and the American Heart Association is recommending a heart scan, and also the recommendation is for children that are already on the stimulant ADHD drugs to also get this heart scan.
You might have to just demand that your doctor do it bacause sometimes they don’t follow the recommendations and sometimes they don’t know the recommendations that are out there, so it’s really your job to make sure that he or she is doing what they need to do to protect you and your child.
There is a great website. It is called www.RitalinDeath.com and it has information regarding heart problems associated with ADHD medications.
It has information about children that have died from ADHD drugs.
It also has alternative solutions to treating ADHD rather than just depending on ADHD medications, and it also has information on how to sue your doctors and the drug companies if you have not had or somebody you know has unfortunately passes away from these stimulant drugs.
Check out RitalinDeath.com,
It is a fabulous resource.
There you have it. Get your heart scanned. Make sure your kids have their hearts scanned if they are going to go on any stimulant drugs.
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