The Heart Sounds &
Lab Director: James M. Wilson, MD
Welcome to the Heart Sounds and Murmurs Laboratory website. The
Laboratory is located at the world-renowned Texas Medical Center in
Houston, Texas, USA
This website provides educational material regarding auscultation of the
heart for the medical student, nurse, intern, resident, and cardiologist.
We have included actual patient heart sounds recordings as well as
some artificially created sounds. Dr. James M. Wilson, the lab director
gives written and spoken explanations regarding the recordings.l
"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
Visit Nelson's EKG site, an excellent educational website, dedicated to the study of
electrocardiograms and hosted by Dr. Wiilliam Nelson.
Download the free award-winning smartphone app, "Auscultation Primer" and visit one of the reviewer's website
The Auscultation Primer app presents auscultation of various heart sounds as they relate to the anatomy, physiology, and
diagnosis of cardiovascular disease. It's perfect for physicians, medical students, nurses, and other clinicians who wish to
improve their auscultation skills.The app includes 10 cases of live patient recordings among which are some of the most
common sounds and murmurs. Each video recording includes audio plus a phonocardiogram and ekg tracing for timing.
Additionally, descriptive text is provided to assist in the learning experience.
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