Heart Sounds Made Easy - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9780702075902

Heart Sounds Made Easy

3rd Edition

Includes an interactive website of heart sound recordings

Authors: Anthony Salmon Elspeth Brown Terence Leung William Collis
Paperback ISBN: 9780702075902
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st November 2002
Page Count: 160

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Table of Contents

Introduction to auscultation.

The Aortic area

The Pulmonary area

The Mid Left sternal edge

The Lower Left sternal edge

The Apex

The Back



Cardiac auscultation is one of the most difficult clinical skills to acquire and competence in this area is extremely variable. This short and accessible book comes with ebook access to an interactive collection of heart sounds recorded from actual patients using the latest digital audio technology. It allows the user to listen to a recording and either eliminate or enhance the different components until they are confident that they have correctly identified the sounds in all phases of the cardiac cycle. This is particularly important for the recognition of diastolic sounds which are the most difficult to appreciate. There is no better way to confirm the presence of such a murmur than to have the facility to reduce or increase its intensity.

This Third Edition uses the latest software and includes new features, such as the ability to slow the heart sounds down without altering their pitch. The layout of the website has been improved to make it quicker to access. New questions and answers in the accompanying ebook will allow readers to monitor their knowledge and progress. The visual representation of the cardiac cycle also helps readers understand the origin of the heart sounds.

Key Features

  • The book and ebook package provides a simple guide to cardiac auscultation along with useful teaching points and summaries.
  • The interactive website of recordings allows the various components of each heart sound to be eliminated and restored to aid understanding
  • Using this package of book and ebook the reader can gain a full understanding of cardiac auscultation in minutes that would otherwise take years to learn in clinical practice


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About the Authors

Anthony Salmon Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist, Wessex Cardiothoracic Centre, Southampton General Hospital, Southampton, UK

Elspeth Brown Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Paediatric Cardiologist, Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds, UK

Terence Leung Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Research Fellow, Department of Medical Physics and Bio-Engineering, University College London, UK

William Collis Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Fellow, Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, University of Southampton, UK