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Research recently presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2015 reveals that cardiologists failed to identify more than half of basic murmurs and about 35 percent of advanced murmurs when challenged at a major medical meeting, but skills improved after a 90 minute training session.
Heart Songs 4 provides you with everything you need to effortlessly improve your cardiac auscultation skills! Simply watch/listen to each video within Heart Songs 2 to 4 times to master each murmur/sound.
Psychoacoustic research shows that intensive repetition (400 to 600 times) is key, producing a significant improvement in cardiac auscultation in a relatively short time. Once each new sound is mastered, it will be reinforced every time you hear it in a patient.
Heart Songs 4 includes basic, intermediate, advanced and adult congenital murmurs, plus images of phonocardiograms, CT scans and even videos of color Doppler echocardiograms! These visual enhancements will facilitate your understanding and mastery of many heart murmurs/sounds.
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Heart Songs 4 features online videos and self-assessment questions. You become eligible for credit by completing the pretest, watching all videos at least twice, and completing the posttest with a score of 70% or better.
To improve the recognition and differentiation of heart sounds heard during cardiac auscultation.
The target audience includes any healthcare professional interested in improving his/her cardiac auscultation skills.
Upon completion of Heart Songs 4, learners will acquire:
Basic: Improved recognition and differentiation of basic heart including third, fourth sounds, summation gallops and pericardial rubs.
Intermediate: Improved recognition and differentiation of essential diagnostic heart sounds/murmurs including hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and mitral valve prolapse
Advanced: Improved recognition and distinguishing between advanced heart murmurs including aortic/mitral stenosis and regurgitation.
Congenital: Improved recognition and differentiation of heart sounds associated with congenital disorders including atrial and ventricular septal defects
Format and Pricing
This program is available online and in a downloadable native app* featuring the following:
“Research demonstrates that practice makes perfect when trying to master cardiac auscultation. Listening to these "Heart Songs" at the computer or iPod can help clinicians at every level refine their auscultation skills." — Michael J. Barrett, MD, FACC
Cardiac auscultation has traditionally been taught as if it were an intellectual skill, with a didactic lecture followed by a brief demonstration of heart sounds. This approach has yielded disappointing results, with most clinicians able to recognize only about 40% of abnormal heart sounds. Heart Songs, on the other hand, is based on psychoacoustic research demonstrating that intensive repetition (400 to 600 times) is required for the human brain to master a new sound. This degree of repetition is necessary for the formation of an auditory template of each new sound. Once each new sound is mastered, it is reinforced each time you hear it in a patient. By using this learning principle from psychoacoustic research, Heart Songs produces a significant improvement in cardiac auscultation in a relatively short time. Two controlled trials1,2 have shown that proficiency in cardiac auscultation routinely exceeds 80% using this approach.
Heart Songs 4 provides you with high-quality heart sounds that you can listen to at your convenience so you can improve your cardiac auscultation skills.
Barrett MJ, Lacey CS, Sekara AE, Linden EA, Gracely EJ. Mastering cardiac murmurs: the power of repetition. Chest 2004;126:470-5.
Barrett MJ, Kuzma MA, Seto TC, et al. The power of repetition in mastering cardiac auscultation. Amer J Med 2006;119:73-5.
Barrett MJ, Martinez MW, Scott M, O’Gara PT. How accurate are cardiologists at detecting aortic and mitral murmurs? A reality check on auscultation skills in the era of transcatheter interventions. Eur Heart J 2015;36;792.
Chizner MA. Cardiac auscultation: rediscovering the lost art. Curr Probl Cardiol. 2008;33:326-408.