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).
Hampton T. Group’s Advice on Cardiac Testing for Children With ADHD Draws Criticism. JAMA. 2008;299(23):2735. doi:10.1001/jama.299.23.2735