Learning Cardiac Auscultation

From Essentials to Expert Clinical Interpretation

  • Allen J. Taylor

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Auscultation Principles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Meghan C. Kusko, Kathryn Maselli
      Pages 3-14
    3. Michael C. Mariorenzi, Amy Matson, Christopher Sonne
      Pages 15-24
    4. Maria Braileanu, Neelam Khan
      Pages 25-36
  3. Valvular Lesions: Aortic Valve

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Armond Esmaili, Robert A. Christian, Ashley C. Pfaff
      Pages 39-49
    3. Julia M. Kammel, Christina M. Bence, Adam J. Money, Steven T. Swinford
      Pages 51-62
    4. Peter C. Johnson, Michael DeLuca
      Pages 63-73
    5. Kamil Stefanowski, Mary Catherine Daly, Matthew J. Moynihan
      Pages 75-86
    6. Joanna Leigh Shechtel
      Pages 87-100
  4. Valvular Lesions: Mitral Valve

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Bridget Kaufman, Christopher Sonne, Anly K. Tsang
      Pages 103-121
    3. Haley Bunting, Megan E. Murphy, Heather Pemberton
      Pages 123-133
    4. Kirti Johal, Lawrence Lau, M. Elizabeth Card
      Pages 135-149
    5. Mark Real, Mary Jane Reen
      Pages 151-156
    6. Steven Kozusko, Joseph J. Raevis
      Pages 157-170
  5. Valvular Lesions: Right-Sided Heart Valves

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Daniel Eum, Kevin Emmerich, Connor A. King
      Pages 173-180
    3. Amy Fehrmann, Sheelagh M. Pousatis
      Pages 181-190
    4. Samantha L. Kass, K. Elizabeth Madison, Marsiyana M. Henricus, Christine K. Chan
      Pages 191-203
    5. Laura Felder, Kathryn S. King, Naudereh Noori
      Pages 205-215
  6. Other Auscultation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
    2. Cara Sweeney, Blake Choplin
      Pages 219-230
    3. Kurt Yaeger, Mark Norton, Sanjai Jalaj
      Pages 231-236
    4. Michael C. Mariorenzi, Amy Matson, Katherine Unverferth
      Pages 237-247
    5. Christine K. Chan, Marsiyana M. Henricus, George S. Ibrahim, Omar Z. Maniya
      Pages 249-261
  7. Congenital Heart Disease

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 271-271
    2. Christine M. Kim, Ryan Hubbard
      Pages 273-278
    3. John E. Nolan III, Tarina C. Parpia, Katherine A. Sanchez-Maldonado
      Pages 279-287
    4. Leonel E. Ampie, Suliman EL-Amin
      Pages 289-297
    5. Brynn Connor, Victoria Eng, Meghan C. Kusko, Kathryn Maselli
      Pages 299-315
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 317-320

About this book


The foundation of this handbook lies in the supremacy of careful, clinical observation in medicine.  The science and application of auscultation, albeit not without its imperfections, represent a learnable, tangible, personal approach to assessment of the heart and remains crucial in medical practice. Today’s medicine tends towards the high tech, discarding simple approaches that can and should steer clinicians towards when to utilize expensive testing, and at the most can, potentially, outperform technology for accurate cardiovascular diagnosis. Within a cost conscious, personalized approach  to medicine, the art of clinical examination of the heart could never be more alive, or more important.  Technology needs a clinically informed platform upon which to provide benefits to patients with careful clinical observation providing proper identification of patients in need of additional testing and avoiding unnecessary expensive testing.

Learning Cardiac Auscultation: From Essentials to Expert Clinical Interpretation provides a clinically-oriented approach to the astute observation of heart sounds and other aspects of the cardiovascular examination.  It describes key clinical and auscultation features, and clinical clues to the diagnosis.  More importantly, auscultation of the heart should not just end with a simple diagnosis, but an unearthing of nuances of the diagnosis, for example, describing the possible severity or diagnostic implications of the auscultation findings.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Allen J. Taylor
    • 1
  1. 1.Medstar Georgetown University HospitalWashingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4471-6737-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4471-6738-9
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