ECT and automatic internal cardioverter-defibrillator

Maria I. Lapid, Teresa A. Rummans, Virginia E. Hofmann, Byron A. Olney

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Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a relatively safe and effective treatment even in depressed patients with preexisting cardiovascular diseases. However, little is known about its use in patients with automatic internal cardioverter-defibrillator (AICD). This case report describes a successful administration of ECT in a treatment-refractory depressed patient with an AICD, where the AICD device was deactivated during each ECT treatments and reactivated immediately upon completion of each treatment. The presence of an AICD should not be a contraindication to receiving ECT.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)146-148
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of ECT
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2001


  • Automatic internal cardioverter-defibrillator
  • Electroconvulsive therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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