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
  • Anesthesiologist review to go over the risks of anesthesia

These exams help make sure that ECT is safe for you.

Sept. 19, 2015