ADHD may increase chances of heart disease in adults, study finds

Swedish researchers found ADHD is associated with increased risk for any cardiovascular disease.

Researchers found over five million adults without pre-existing cardiovascular disease in Swedish registers. They followed the individual's data between 2001 and 2013 and identified new cardiovascular disease events based on ICD codes.

After an average of 11.8 years, 38 percent of adults with ADHD were diagnosed with at least one cardiovascular disease, as compared to 23.57 percent of those without ADHD. The diagnoses were still signficant after adjusting for other factors like sex, year of birth and other health concerns.

The data suggests that ADHD is an independent risk factor for a wide range of cardiovascular diseases, the study, published in the National Library of Medicine, said.

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