Stimulant medications, like methylphenidate and amphetamines, have adverse cardiovascular effects, like elevated blood pressure, increasing the risk of cardiovascular events. Join host Geoff Wall as he reviews a new meta-analysis trying to quantify the risk of ADHD medications on cardiovascular outcomes.
A large meta-analysis did not find an association between medications for ADHD and cardiovascular disease. Several limitations may interfere with the applicability of these results.
00:00 - Introductions
01:38 - Background on ADHD and Stimulant Medications
02:58 - Rationale for Analysis
06:42 - Looking at the Meta-Analysis
11:44 - The GameChanger: Meta-Analysis Findings
17:43 - Connecting to Practice: Addressing Patient Concerns
20:00 - Closing Remarks
Geoff Wall, PharmD, BCPS, FCCP, CGP
Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Drake University
Internal Medicine/Critical Care, UnityPoint Health
References and Resources
Risk of Cardiovascular Diseases Associated With Medications Used in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
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1. Describe the purported mechanism of the potential risk of cardiovascular disease in patients taking stimulant medications
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