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Effects of electroconvulsive therapy on cardiac function in patients without heart disease.
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PMID:  9129846     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
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.
A J Fuenmayor; Y el Fakih; J Moreno; A M Fuenmayor
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cardiology     Volume:  88     ISSN:  0008-6312     ISO Abbreviation:  Cardiology     Publication Date:    1997 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-06-27     Completed Date:  1997-06-27     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1266406     Medline TA:  Cardiology     Country:  SWITZERLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  254-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Electrophysiology and Arrhythmias Section, University of the Andes, Mérida, Venezuela.
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MeSH Terms
Blood Pressure
Echocardiography, Doppler
Electroconvulsive Therapy*
Follow-Up Studies
Heart Diseases
Heart Rate
Heart Ventricles / ultrasonography
Mental Disorders / physiopathology,  therapy
Ventricular Function, Left / physiology*

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