Bigeminus during electroconvulsive therapy resolves spontaneously

Helge Schoenfeld, Manfred Muhm, Yves Allemann, Aristomenis Exadaktylos, Hans U. Fisch, Thomas E. Schlaepfer

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Abstract

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a frequently used and effective for patients suffering from affective disorders. ECT is known as a relative safe treatment in depressed patients even with pre-existing disorders of the cardiovascular system. However, ECT can induce significant hemodynamic changes, like increses in heart rate and blood pressure as well as cardiac arrhythmias. We describe the occurrence of a non-sustained, spontaneously resolving bigeminus immediately after administrations of ECT in a 62-year-old female patient with an episode of major depression and no specific cardiac history.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-48
Number of pages4
JournalGerman Journal of Psychiatry
Volume7
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Arrhythmia
  • Asystole
  • Bigeminus
  • ECT
  • Electroconvulsive therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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