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I am a psychiatrist and I have carried out ECT. The tests which are done prior to ECT other than detailed medical, psychiatry and neurological history are as mentioned below.
1) Complete blood count
2) Kidney function test
4) Chest X ray
5) Serum chemistry
7) Cognitive assessment test
8) EEG ( if the history suggests )
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Yes rarely arrhythmia can occur and very rarely heart attack can occur as a complication of general anaesthesia which is used for ect.
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You see if a heart condition has been ruled out then there are very high chances that arrhythmia or any other heart related problem would not occur but still a side effect such as this cannot be predicted and there is no percentage wise evidence of its occurrence but it is extremely rare so much so that there is almost no chance for it to occur if there is no predisposition for it.
Well, absolutely there is continuous monitoring and supervision from an anaesthetist, ppsychiatrist and nursing staff during the whole procedure so that any problem if at all occurs can be prevented whether it is arrhythmia or heart attack. Ect is a very safe procedure.
Well, before ect one is supposed to pass the pre anaesthetic check up and during this check up the pa antient is thoroughly assessed and investigated so that no untoward event occurs during anaesthesia, including arrhythmia. So there is no need to worry as the procedure is done with certain amount of precision and professionalism.
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