The sounds that are produced during the cardiac cycle offer important, and often diagnostic, information about a patient's cardiac status. Familiarity with the normal heart sounds provides the necessary foundation for clinical assessments and for detection of abnormal or extra sounds when they occur. This program explains physiologic principles of sound production within the heart and demonstrates the acoustic characteristics of normal and abnormal heart sounds to assist you in clinical auscultation of the heart.
To complete this course, you must do the following:
The material is organized around the following categories:
The purpose of this program is to provide nurses an understanding of how heart sounds are produced, and how to differentiate normal and abnormal sounds upon auscultation.
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
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