How you prepare

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Before having your first ECT treatment, you'll need a full evaluation, which usually includes:

  • A medical history
  • A complete physical exam
  • A psychiatric assessment
  • Basic blood tests
  • An electrocardiogram (ECG) to check your heart health

These exams help make sure that ECT is safe for you. You may also see an anesthesiologist to go over the risks of anesthesia.

Oct. 25, 2012