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May 19th

Young Baltimore Athletes to be Screened for Risk for Sudden Heart Death

May 19, 2008­–Baltimore, MD–Volunteer heart experts at Johns Hopkins have embarked on what is believed to be the largest single-day event to date to screen young athletes in the United States for early signs of life- threatening defects in the body’s blood-pumping organ.

The medics are scheduled to test the hearts of more than 1,000 athletes, males and females age 16 to 18, attending the 2008 track and field championship games of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association. The event is taking place in Baltimore at Morgan State University, at what the Johns Hopkins team has dubbed the first-ever Heart Hype program.

May 6th

ADHD? Get Tested Before Using Meds

May 6, 2008–Children should have their hearts checked before starting medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD), according to the American Heart Association (AHA).

The medications used to treat ADHD are stimulant medications that can get the heart rate and blood pressure racing. Between 1999 and 2004, 19 children taking ADHD medications have died suddenly. Others have had strokes, cardiac arrest and heart palpitations.

The AHA recommends children and adolescents be screened before taking medication, including getting an electro-cardiogram (ECGs). Any child already taking the medications should be tested.

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