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Electrocardiographic Bleed Through to the Electroencephalogram on an Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Tracing: The Return of the Tell-Tale Heart

Popeo, Dennis M. MD; Kellner, Charles H. MD; Briggs, Mimi C. BS; Pasculli, Rosa M. BS

Journal of ECT:
doi: 10.1097/YCT.0b013e31824ac8bf
Images in Clinical ECT

Abstract: Improper recording electrode placement can cause artifacts on electroconvulsive therapy tracings. This shows an example of electrocardiogram artifact in the electroencephalogram.

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From the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City, NY.

Received for publication November 30, 2011; accepted January 9, 2012.

Reprints: Charles H. Kellner, MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, One Gustave L levy Place, New York, NY 10029 (e-mail:

The authors have no conflicts of interest or financial disclosures to report.

© 2012 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins