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      Effects of Electroconvulsive Therapy on Cardiac Function in Patients without Heart Disease

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          In order to determine whether electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) alters left-ventricular function in patients without heart disease, we studied 11 patients who had a normal cardiovascular system and were submitted to ECT. Left-ventricular function was assessed by means of a clinical examination and an echocardiographic evaluation performed before the ECT and 20 min and 6 h after ECT. Twenty minutes after ECT, the patients’ end-systolic volume was increased (p = 0.003), whereas the ejection fraction (p = 0.004) and E to A ratio were decreased (p = 0.004 and 0.028, respectively). These indexes returned to the normal control value 6 h later. None of our patients presented any clinical signs of heart failure. We conclude that in some patients, ECT produces a significant and transient decrease in left-ventricular systolic and diastolic function.

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          Journal
          CRD
          Cardiology
          10.1159/issn.0008-6312
          Cardiology
          S. Karger AG
          0008-6312
          1421-9751
          1997
          1997
          19 November 2008
          : 88
          : 3
          : 254-257
          Affiliations
          aElectrophysiology and Arrhythmias Section of the Cardiovascular Research Center and Department of Physiology, and bPsychiatry Service, University of the Andes, Mérida, Venezuela
          Article
          177339 Cardiology 1997;88:254–257
          10.1159/000177339
          9129846
          © 1997 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Pages: 4
          Categories
          General Cardiology

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