Original Articles: PDF OnlyAnesthetic Considerations of Cardiovascular Risk During Electroconvulsive TherapyDolinski, Sylvia Y. M.D.; Zvara, David A. M.D.Author Information Department of Anesthesia, The Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S.A. Received January 29, 1997; accepted July 24, 1997. Address correspondence to Dr. D. A. Zvara, Department of Anesthesia, Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1009, U.S.A. Convulsive Therapy: Volume 13 - Issue 3 - p 157-164 Buy Abstract This article focuses on anesthetic considerations of cardiovascular risk for electroconvulsive (ECT) therapy. Preoperative evaluation, intraoperative management, and postoperative care are reviewed. Although the anesthetic risk to ECT patients is quite low, elderly patients or those presenting with known cardiovascular disease may be at increased risk and need special intervention or management during ECT. © Lippincott-Raven Publishers.