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Canadian Journal of Cardiology

Role of Cardiac Auscultation in the Era of Portable Handheld Ultrasound

      Due to the rapid advancement in quality, portability, and decreased cost of ultrasound technology, the role and value of cardiac auscultation with a stethoscope has been called into question by trainees. Many institutions now have portable ultrasound machines that are readily accessible by physicians. Students are now debating the value of being knowledgeable in the intricacies of cardiac auscultation when they can easily obtain and use a portable ultrasound at the bedside to evaluate for the suspected pathology. In this article, the trainees’ perspectives on auscultation will be reviewed and the relevance of auscultation in the era of the handheld ultrasound will be debated. Trainees will also be provided with a collection of resources to allow them to learn and implement point-of-care ultrasound in common clinical scenarios.
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