Heart Murmur? Listening For Heart Sounds (With Audio)

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If you take the time to listen to them, heart sounds can actually tell you a great deal about a patient. Instead of settling for good old “lub-dub,” put that stethoscope to greater use and reacquaint yourself with the sound of the heart.

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<p>Depending on your specialty, your cardiac assessment probably consists of listening to an apical pulse over the mitral valve and sagely nodding your head. It's been years since you've thought about heart sounds and in all honesty, they were kind of confusing to begin with. There was all that “lub” and “dub” and diastole and systole. It was enough to make a nursing student's head spin round, but heart sounds can actually tell you a great deal about a patient if you take the time to listen to them (Also read how to perform a chest pain assessment). Instead of </p>


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Lynda Lampert
Lynda is a registered nurse with three years experience on a busy surgical floor in a city hospital. She graduated with an Associates degree in Nursing from Mercyhurst College Northeast in 2007 and lives in Erie, Pennsylvania in the United States. In her work, she took care of patients post operatively from open heart surgery, immediately post-operatively from gastric bypass, gastric banding surgery and post abdominal surgery. She also dealt with patient populations that experienced active chest pain, congestive heart failure, end stage renal disease, uncontrolled diabetes and a variety of other chronic, mental and surgical conditions.
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Kerry Kynaston
11 Mar 2021
Familiarise myself with the variety of heart sounds over different areas of the heart.
Sue Muelenaere
17 Mar 2021
Useful information on where and how to listen to heart sounds.
Shannon Grant
27 May 2023
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Lakvinder SINGH
11 Apr 2021
Simple read.
Madeline Ottaway
13 Apr 2022
Student Nurse or Midwife
Very informative.
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Mary Fowler
09 Oct 2020
A good revision of heart sounds with audio.
Amie Gough
13 Mar 2021
Very informative. Excellent overview of the anatomy of the heart and great recordings of actual sounds to listen for during cardiac assessment.
Ken Hutchinson
20 Oct 2020
Overall a great knowledge subject, will help me improve my patient outcomes for cardiac related patients.
Heather Hudswell
25 Mar 2021
Easy to use and helps update knowledge.
Mervyn McAllister
14 Apr 2021
Good overview practically of heart sounds
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