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Heart Songs 5: Auscultation Meets Handheld Echo

Let Heart Songs 5 help you:

  • Prepare for the cardiac exam of the future by learning the complementary role of handheld echo in the bedside detection of heart sounds. Heart Songs 5 includes basic, intermediate, expert and adult congenital murmurs, plus images of phonocardiograms, CT scans and videos of color Doppler echocardiograms. These visual enhancements will facilitate your understanding and mastery of many heart murmurs/sounds.
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  • Master cardiac auscultation by reviewing the auditory characteristics and handheld echo findings of each heart sound.

    Research reveals that cardiologists fail 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 Heart Songs training session.

    Heart Songs 5 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.

    Each Heart Songs video includes echo images that illustrate that murmur.
  Heart Songs 5 Table of Contents
  Heart Songs 5 Table of Contents
  Basic Murmurs/Sounds
  Basic Murmurs/Sounds

CME/CNE/MOC Credits: 5

Basic Pretest

Videos

  • Introduction
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Mitral Regurgitation
  • Innocent Murmur
  • Aortic Regurgitation
  • Mitral Stenosis
  • Fourth Heart Sound
  • Third Heart Sound
  • Summation Gallop
  • Pericardial Rub
  • Review Session 1

Basic Posttest

  Intermediate Murmurs
  Intermediate Murmurs

CME/CNE/MOC Credits: 3

Intermediate Pretest

Videos

  • Bicuspid Aortic Valve
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Aortic Sclerosis
  • Tricuspid Regurgitation
  • Review Session 2

Intermediate Posttest

  Expert Murmurs
  Expert Murmurs

CME/CNE/MOC Credits: 3

Expert Pretest

Videos

  • Advanced Aortic Stenosis
  • Advanced Aortic Regurgitation
  • Primary Mitral Regurgitation
  • Secondary Mitral Regurgitation
  • Advanced Mitral Stenosis
  • Review Session 3

Expert Posttest

  Adult Congenital Murmurs
  Adult Congenital Murmurs

CME/CNE/MOC Credits: 2

Adult Congenital Pretest

Videos

  • Atrial Septal Defect
  • Ventricular Septal Defect
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Ebstein's Anomaly
  • Review Session 4

Adult Congenital Posttest

  Editor & Release Dates
  Editor & Release Dates

Editor:
Michael J. Barrett, MD, FACC

Date of Release: 3/15/2019
Date of Expiration: 3/15/2022

  Target Audience & Learning Objectives
  Target Audience & Learning Objectives

Target Audience:
The target audience includes any healthcare professional interested in improving his/her cardiac auscultation skills.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of Heart Songs 5, learners will be able to demonstrate:

  • Improved recognition and differentiation of basic heart sounds including third, fourth sounds, summation gallops and pericardial rubs.
  • Improved recognition and differentiation of essential diagnostic heart sounds/murmurs including hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and mitral valve prolapse.
  • Improved recognition and differentiation between expert heart murmurs including aortic/mitral stenosis and regurgitation.
  • Improved recognition and differentiation of heart sounds associated with congenital disorders including atrial and ventricular septal defects.
  Format & Pricing
  Format & Pricing
  • ACC Member Price: $150
  • Nonmember Price: $190
  • ACC Member Reduced Price*: $75

*Eligible member types include: FITs, CVT, Emeritus

This program is available online and includes the following:

  • Streaming Video of Each Heart Sound
  • Downloadable Versions of Each Video
  • Interactive Pre- and Posttests
  CME, CNE, and MOC Information
  CME, CNE, and MOC Information

Accreditation for Physicians
The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The ACCF designates this enduring material for a maximum of 13 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activities.

While offering CME credits noted above, this program is not intended to provide extensive training or certification in the field.

Accreditation for Nurses
The American College of Cardiology Foundation is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

The ACCF designates this educational activity for a maximum of 13 continuing education hours.

Requirements for successful completion include completing the pretest, watching all videos at least twice, and achieving a score of 70% or better on the posttests.

While offering the CME/CNE credits noted above, this program is not intended to provide extensive training or certification in the field.

Maintenance of Certification (MOC)
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 13 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

ECME Information

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Heart Songs 5 is accredited by the European Board for Accreditation in Cardiology (EBAC) for 13 hours of External CME credits. Each participant should claim only those hours of credit that have actually been spent in the educational activity. The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the European Board for Accreditation in Cardiology (EBAC) have recognized each other's accreditation systems as substantially equivalent. Apply for credit through the post-course evaluation.

  Research Basis for Heart Songs
  Research Basis for Heart Songs

"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 5 provides you with high-quality heart sounds that you can listen to at your convenience so you can improve your cardiac auscultation skills.

Heart Songs in the News

August 31, 2015
Cardiologists at Medical Meeting Fail to Identify Basic and Advanced Murmurs (ESC Abstract)

June 4, 2007
Capitalizing on a Craze: Medicine on an MP3 (AMA News)

Mar 14, 2006
A Virtual Classroom Is Superior to Traditional Training in Teaching Cardiac Auscultation (ACC 06)

Jan 30, 2006
Heart Songs: Young doctors are losing their stethoscope skills (Time)

Jan 2006
The power of repetition in mastering cardiac auscultation (Am J Med)


References:

  1. Barrett MJ, Lacey CS, Sekara AE, Linden EA, Gracely EJ. Mastering cardiac murmurs: the power of repetition. Chest 2004;126:470-5.
  2. Barrett MJ, Kuzma MA, Seto TC, et al. The power of repetition in mastering cardiac auscultation. Amer J Med 2006;119:73-5.
  3. 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.
  4. Chizner MA. Cardiac auscultation: rediscovering the lost art. Curr Probl Cardiol. 2008;33:326-408.