How confident are you in cardiac assessment? Learn the key components in this episode, including:

  • Knowing when it’s appropriate to go beyond the head-to-toe assessment and do a full-blown cardiac assessment
  • Relevant vital signs and their significance
  • Questions to ask the patient
  • General observations to make
  • How to conduct a chest pain assessment
  • How to auscultate the heart, including which side of the stethoscope to actually use
  • Normal and abnormal heart sounds
  • How to assess for a pulse deficit


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Read about cardiac assessment here, see images of digital clubbing and find additional links to various heart sounds.

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