Long Term Adverse Effect Of Electroconvulsive Therapy

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Alternative Names

Shock treatment; ECT


What the risks are

Possible side effects from ECT include:

  • Allergic reaction to the anesthesia
  • Headache
  • Low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • Memory lapses
  • Rapid heartbeat (tachycardia)
  • Temporary confusion

Special considerations

Some medical conditions place patients at greater risk for side effects of ECT. Discuss any such conditions or concerns with your health care provider when deciding whether ECT is...

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