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Heart Songs 5: Auscultation Meets Handheld Echo

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    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.Cardiology Magazine Image
    • 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.
    Basic Murmurs/Sounds
    Basic Murmurs/Sounds

    CME/CNE/MOC Credits: 5

    Basic Pretest


    • 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


    • 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


    • 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


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

    Adult Congenital Posttest

    Michael J. Barrett, MD, FACC

    Date of Release: 3/15/2019
    Date of Review: 3/15/2022
    Date of Expiration: 3/15/2025

    Target Audience:
    The target audience includes any healthcare professional interested in improving their 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.
    • Essential diagnostic heart sounds/murmurs including hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and mitral valve prolapse.
    • Expert heart murmurs including aortic/mitral stenosis and regurgitation.
    • Heart sounds associated with congenital disorders including atrial and ventricular septal defects.
    • Member Physician: $150
    • Nonmember: $190
    • Member Reduced (FIT, CVT, Emeritus): $75

    This program is available online and includes the following:

    • Streaming Video of Each Heart Sound
    • Downloadable Versions of Each Video
    • Interactive Pre- and Posttests

    Joint Accreditation StatementJoint Accreditation Statement
    In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF). ACCF is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

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

    ABIMABIM Maintenance of Certification
    Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 13 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit. Once your MOC claim is submitted to the ACCME no modifications can be made to your overall credit claim. Participants can claim credit only once.

    The ACCF designates this activity for 13 CNE contact hours. Nurses should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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

    "Research demonstrates that practice makes perfect when trying to master cardiac auscultation. Listening to these "Heart Songs" at the computer...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)


    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.