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Cardiac Auscultation: Abnormal Heart Sounds, Part 1

Cardiac auscultation provides information about the rate and rhythm of the heart, valve function and possible anatomical defects. It requires a methodical approach with careful attention to the sounds produced during the cardiac cycle. Nurses providing direct patient care need to develop the skills to recognize normal heart sounds and to differentiate these from abnormal heart sounds and murmurs.

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Cardiac auscultation provides information about the rate and rhythm of the heart, valve function and possible anatomical defects. It requires a methodical approach with careful attention to the sounds produced during the cardiac cycle. Nurses providing direct patient care need to develop the skills to recognize normal heart sounds and to differentiate these from abnormal heart sounds and murmurs.

This 2-part Basic Skills series on abnormal heart sounds provides descriptions and examples of abnormal heart murmurs allowing the learner to differentiate between normal and abnormal heart sounds.

This program provides the learner with a thorough understanding of the characteristics and causes of abnormal heart sounds and skills to examine the most common cardiac murmurs.

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Explain what causes abnormal heart sounds or heart murmurs.
  • Distinguish the two main valve dysfunctions: regurgitation and stenosis.
  • Describe the main causes of valve dysfunction.
  • Identify the main characteristics of murmurs, including timing, shape, location, radiation, intensity, pitch and quality.
  • Rate the intensity of a heart murmur on the 6-grade Levine scale.
  • Identify mitral regurgitation.
  • Identify tricuspid regurgitation.
Products Specifications
Formats Available DVD
Duration 20 min
Supporting Materials
Language English
Languages Available English
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