OK, you admirable cardiac nurses.... I have a question for you.
It is said that the S3 gallop sound is best heard with the bell
of the stethescope at the apex area of the heart. Is there any significance if you hear this gallop VERY audibly with just the diaphragm ?
Mar 6, '05
An S3 is basically the heart filling up with blood, right (been a while since I read the cardiac section of my old med surg book)? S2 are the Valves closing, right? If you turn the patient to his/her left side, you should be able to hear the heart better, right?
Damn, let me correct myself (flipping through med surg book):
S1 mitral valves and tricuspid valves closing and occurs right after QRS.
S2 are the pulmonic and aortic valves closing and has a higher pitch sound to it. It's best heard at the base of the heart.
Last edit by PHTLS on Mar 6, '05