Rapid Interpretation of Heart and Lung Sounds: A Guide to Cardiac and Respiratory Auscultation in Dogs and Cats / Edition 2

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This complete resource gives you everything you need to perform accurate auscultation of the heart and lungs in dogs and cats. Use the helpful instructions, ECGs, and phonocardiograms in the companion book as a guide while the clear, easy-to-follow audio CD explains how to identify, interpret, and differentiate heart and lung sounds, including murmurs and arrythmias. Includes self-evaluation tests to measure what you already know and determine when you've mastered the material.

• NEW! Lung sounds are now included, in addition to heart sounds.
• An easy-to-follow format simplifies learning.
• Pretests may be taken prior to reviewing the CD to measure how much the user already knows.
• Posttests help determine when the material has been mastered.
• Clinically relevant conditions are included, making it easy for readers to apply this information to day-to-day practice.

• Lung sounds added
• Many more heart sounds
• Section on murmurs and arrhythmia expanded
• Intros for each sound on the CD have been expanded to provide more information

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Editorial Reviews

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This book of approximately 100 pages, together with an audio CD, is an excellent guide to heart and lung sounds. The book is very thorough and complete and at the same time small enough to fit into a (fairly large) pocket. It is written by three experts in the field of cardiac and respiratory auscultation.

The book provides step-by-step instructions on how to identify, interpret and differentiate normal heart and lung sounds, abnormal heart and lung sounds, murmurs and arrhythmias. Complete with pre as well as post reading ‘test', the book and CD will tell you how much of different heart and lung sounds you already knew before entering the ‘course' and how much you have learned from reading the book and listening to the CD.

The book is divided into four chapters as follows: Heart sounds, Murmurs, Arrhythmias, and Lung sounds. Each chapter begins with clearly stated objectives followed by a pre-test to evaluate your level of knowledge beforehand. After reading the text and listening to the CD there is an appropriate post-test to evaluate what you have learned. Bothe simulated sounds and natural sounds from clinical cases are presented on the CD. Simulated sounds allow the listener to focus on heart sounds without the distraction of breathing sounds and artifacts. Natural sounds of murmurs and abnormal respiration are included to represent the clinical situation. Graphic presentations of ECG's and phonocardiogram's accompany the heart sounds for clarity. This appears to be a very efficient way on conveying knowledge to the reader. Each chapter is also equipped with tables for a quick reference of differential diagnoses for different auscultatory phenomena, making the book very useful as a handbook to be used in day-to-day practice.

In summary, this book and CD are excellent tools to help learn the difficult art of auscultation and is useful for the veterinary student as well as the experienced clinician.

Anna Tidholm, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ECVIM (S)
European Journal of Companion Animal Practice, Vol. 17 (1) April 2007

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780721604268
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 3/22/2006
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 92
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Vice President, VetMed Consultants, Inc., Lexington, MA; Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, North Grafton, MA

Department of Companion Animal and Special Species Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

President, VetMed Consultants, Inc., Consultant, New Mexico Veterinary Specialty Referral Center, Santa Fe, NM

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Table of Contents


Suggestions for Program Use

Heart Sounds

• Objectives (Section 1)

• Pretest 1

• Table of Abbreviations

• Some Properties of Sound




-Quality or Shape

-Perception of Sound

• Cardiovascular Sound

• The Stethoscope

• Keys to Successful Auscultation

• Principal Areas of Cardiac Auscultation

• Hemodynamics of the Cardiac Cycle

-Ventricular Systole

-Ventricular Diastole

• The First Heart Sound (S1)

• The Second Heart Sound (S2)

• The Third Heart Sound (S3)

• The Fourth Heart Sound (S4)

• Quadruple Rhythm and Summation Sound or Gallop

• Ejection Sounds or Clicks

• Mid-Systolic Sounds or Clicks

• Answers to Pretest 1

• Post-Test 1

• Answers to Post-Test 1

Chapter 2


• Objectives (Section 2)

• Pretest 2

• Evaluation of Heart Murmurs

• Systolic Murmurs

-Systolic Ejection Murmurs

-Holosystolic or Regurgitant Murmurs

-Causes of Holosystolic Murmurs

-Mitral Regurgitation

• Diastolic Murmurs

• Continuous Murmurs

• Summary

• Answers to Pretest 2

• Post-Test 2

• Answers to Post-Test 2

Chapter 3


• Objectives

• Pretest 3

• Auscultation of Selected Arrhythmias

• Answers to Pretest 3

• Post-Test 3

• Answers to Post-Test 3

Chapter 4

Lung Sounds

• Objectives

• Pretest 4

• Normal Lung Sounds

• Abnormal Lung Sounds

• Loudness of Lung Sounds

• Percussion

• Answers to Pretest 4

• Post-Test 4

• Answers to Post-Test 4

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