Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Clinical Skills: auscultation of the heart

Do you know how to interpret auscultation of the heart? #TeachNeuro

I have very fond memories of learning auscultation of the heart from one of the most astute cardiologists of his generation, Professor John Barlow, at the University of the Witwatersrand. Professor Barlow's clinical skills were legendary and there was nothing more entertaining than attending his cardiology rounds at Baragwanath hospital. I recall him on more than one occasion accurately predicting the pressure gradient across a tight aortic stenosis and on several occasions he even outperformed the earlier generation echo machines. I recently repurchased Professor Barlow's album on the auscultation of the heart. I sincerely hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I did as a medical student. The aim of this post is not hark back to a previous era of medicine, but to learn from the giants of our field. Although cardiac auscultation is a dying skill knowing how to auscultate and interpret the findings reinforces important aspects in relation to the neurophysiology and physiology of the heart. Enjoy.


1 comment:

  1. It's always interesting for me, how neurology is connected with cardiology. Do I understand it right that neurology instruments are used for checking cardiologic issues? Btw, great post that helps me a lot when preparing for exams!