Children should be given a baseline electrocardiogram (ECG) to check for heart abnormalities before starting treatment with antipsychotic medication, specifically patients who are also taking medication to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and who have a family or personal history of heart disease, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology. Prompted by the lack of clinical data looking at ECG changes in children and adolescents taking antipsychotics, researchers from the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit of the Psychiatry Department at Puerta de Hierro-Majadahonda University Hospital in Madrid, Spain, set out to investigate heart rhythm irregularities and possible ... Read More
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