Study Finds Adults With ADHD May Be At Higher Risk To Develop Cardiovascular Diseases

According to a recent study, individuals with ADHD were at a higher risk of all types of cardiovascular diseases than those without this disorder.

Tanya Srivastava
Written by: Tanya SrivastavaUpdated at: Sep 25, 2022 15:43 IST
Study Finds Adults With ADHD May Be At Higher Risk To Develop Cardiovascular Diseases

ADHD is one of the most common neuro-developmental disorders of childhood. It is often diagnosed in childhood however, can last into the adulthood. Children with ADHD have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors, or sometimes are overly active. According to a recent study, individuals with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) were at a higher risk of all types of cardiovascular diseases than those without this disorder.

On a worldwide scale, the prevalence of ADHD in children is 2.2% and 2.5% in adults. The nationwide study published in World Psychiatry reveals that individuals with ADHD were at an increased risk of cardiovascular disease compared to those without ADHD. 

After controlling for age and sex, the analysis of the study showed that individuals with ADHD were twice as likely to develop cardiovascular diseases than those without ADHD. The researchers found that cardiovascular risk factors including heavy smoking, obesity, diabetes, sleep problems, lower educational attainment, and psychiatric conditions were more prevalent in individuals with ADHD. Controlling for these risk factors only slightly weakened the association between ADHD and the risk of CVDs.

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The results of the research suggest that ADHD, independent of cardiovascular risk factors such as obesity, smoking, and comorbid psychiatric conditions, could be a risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease.

The study also found that ADHD was associated with a higher risk of all types of cardiovascular diseases. The strongest association was observed between ADHD and cardiac arrests, hemorrhagic strokes, and arteriosclerosis.

 

 

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