The Effects of Electro-Convulsive Therapy on Patients with Essential Hypertension

Bodley, P. O.; Fenwick, P. B. C.
December 1966
British Journal of Psychiatry;Dec66, Vol. 112 Issue 493, p1241
Academic Journal
The article discusses some of the effects of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) on the blood pressure, pulse rate and rhythm of normotensive and hypertensive patients. It also examines the circulatory reaction of a number of patients with cardiovascular disease in hypertension during ECT treatment. Under the study, the bloodpressure of the normotensive group and the hypertensive group were measured with a sphygmomanometer. The patients were administered with atropine, while blood pressure reading were subsequently repeated one minute after thiopentone injection. The findings show that cardiovascular reaction to ECT varies with the route of atropine administration. It also suggests that ECT may hold dangers to patients with heart diseases as the blood pressure rises following the therapy.


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