"...bedside clinical assessment, including auscultation, continues
to be important...In pre- and postoperative assessment,
echocardiography should be used in conjunction with
auscultation. We have observed that reliance solely on
echocardiography can be misleading in the assessment of
S. Victor, F.R.C.P., et al.
The Heart Institute
Tex Heart Inst J. 1999; 26(2) 160.
"An actual (not simulated) patient-centered teaching conference
is an effective clinical method of improving cardiac auscultatory
skills and diagnostic proficiency of health care professionals."
Mayo Clinic Proceedings November 2005 vol. 80 no.11 1433-1448
S. Kimara March, MD, et al.
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Welcome to the Robert J. Hall Heart Sounds Research Laboratory
website. The Heart Sounds Lab is located in the Texas Heart Institute at
St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston, Texas.
This website provides educational material regarding auscultation of the
heart for the medical student, nurse, intern, resident, and cardiologist. The
Heart Sounds Lab and this website are made possible through the
generous contributions made to the Robert J. Hall Chair.
For more information about the lab and its history, please click on
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"In the physical examination of the heart, the old adage, "you only see what
you look for" holds true with modification to, "you only hear what you listen
for." Although a very experienced clinician may listen to a polyglot of noises,
compare them to an internal matrix and make a correct diagnosis with, "that
sounds like...," for us mere mortals, proper auscultation requires that you
listen carefully and thoughtfully to one thing at a time."
James M. Wilson, MD
Heart Sounds Lab Director
Check out our auscultation programs available on interactive CD's, including our new
bilingual (English/Spanish) CD, "Auscultation: Heart Sounds." Also, coming soon a two-part
DVD set based on the auscultation lectures of Dr. James Wilson.
Want to learn more about Electrocardiography?
A free and excellent educational website
dedicated to the study of EKG's hosted by
Dr. William Nelson.