Years-long exposure to ADHD medication increases CVD risk: study

Researchers say they can't show causality but advise doctors to weigh the risks on a case-by-case basis.
Rachel Fieldhouse
Main_heart attack woman chest pain

Long-term exposure to ADHD medications is associated with an increased risk of CVD, particularly hypertension and arterial disease, Swedish researchers report.

Their registry-based study found that patients who used ADHD medications for 3-5 years were 72% and 65% more likely to develop hypertension and arterial disease, respectively, compared with non-users.