Study: ADHD Drugs Not A Heart Attack Risk

Ritalin, Adderall and other stimulant drugs used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have been found to pose no significant risk to the hearts of adults. It was feared that because they can increase users blood pressure and heart rate, the opposite would be true but it seems as if those cries were a false alarm.

A similar study found the same results in the hearts of children and was released last month. Scientists reviewed of health records for more than 440,000 adults aged 25 to 64. The records indicated that those taking ADHD drugs had an equal incidence of heart attacks, strokes deaths as adults who were not medicated with these drugs at all.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder affects about 4 percent of the adult population in the United States or about 9 million people, while roughly 5 million kids have the disorder, according to governmental sources. 1.5 million U.S. adults were taking stimulants for ADHD in 2005, the time period the study examined records for.

Fox News Reports that “Overall, there were 1,357 heart attacks, 575 strokes and 296 sudden cardiac deaths. Roughly equal numbers occurred in ADHD drug users and nonusers. Study participants used the drugs for an average of less than a year, which is short, but the upper range of use was almost 14 years, and there was no sign of increasing risk with longer use, the authors said, led by Laurel Habel of the research division at Kaiser Permanente Northern California in Oakland.”