Differential effects of right unilateral and bilateral ECT on heart rate

R. D. Lane, S. B. Zeitlin, R. Abrams, C. M. Swartz

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In a series of 11 melancholic patients who received both right unilateral and bilateral ECT during a single course of treatment, mean and minimum postictal heart rates were greater after bilateral ECT. Greater catecholamine release during bilateral ECT is the most likely explanation for these effects. These differences complement other evidence that bilateral ECT has a more pronounced physiological impact than unilateral ECT.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1041-1043
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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