Physician Experience Related To Accurate Identification Of Third Heart Sound, ScienceDaily Bookmark and Share

Excerpts: Physicians with more experience are better able to detect a third heart sound that is an indicator of heart disease, (...). Greater experience in auscultation-- listening to body sounds with a stethoscope-- provides better outcomes in detecting pathologic heart disorders, underscoring the importance of skilled instruction in the use of a stethoscope, the researchers said. The third heart sound, known as S3, is a low-pitched vibration that occurs in early diastole, a phase in the heart's pumping cycle characterized by the rhythmic relaxation and dilatation of the heart chambers. While present in children and adolescents, the sound normally diminishes in adulthood. (...)