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Beyond auscultation--acoustic cardiography in the diagnosis and assessment of cardiac disease.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18690557     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Auscultation has long been an important part of the evaluation of patients with known and suspected cardiac disease. The subsequent development of phonocardiography provided an analogue visual display that permitted a more detailed analysis of the timing and acoustical characteristics of heart sounds, murmurs, clicks and rubs. In addition, the measurement of systolic time intervals enabled a valuable non-invasive assessment of left ventricular function. Acoustic cardiography, a much more recently developed technology, has enabled the simultaneous acquisition of ECG and cardiac acoustical data. This user-friendly and cost-effective technology permits acquisition of detailed information regarding systolic and diastolic left ventricular function and provides both a computerized interpretation and a visual display of the findings. Its clinical applications include the evaluation of patients with suspected heart failure, ischaemia and cardiac arrhythmias and the optimization of cardiovascular drug and device therapies. It can also be used in a wide variety of ambulatory and inpatient monitoring applications.
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Swiss medical weekly     Volume:  138     ISSN:  1424-7860     ISO Abbreviation:  Swiss Med Wkly     Publication Date:  2008 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-08-11     Completed Date:  2008-12-12     Revised Date:  2011-02-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100970884     Medline TA:  Swiss Med Wkly     Country:  Switzerland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  439-52     Citation Subset:  IM    
Head of Cardiology, Kantonsspital Luzern, Luzern, Switzerland.
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MeSH Terms
Arrhythmias, Cardiac / ultrasonography
Auscultation* / history,  methods
Heart Diseases / diagnosis*,  ultrasonography
Heart Failure / ultrasonography
Heart Murmurs / ultrasonography
Heart Sounds*
History, 20th Century
History, 21st Century
Mass Screening
Myocardial Ischemia / ultrasonography
Phonocardiography* / methods

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