This multimedia CD explains the origin and characteristics of heart sounds and murmurs and provides auditory and visual waveform examples of the most common of these sounds. Visual displays of time amplitude plots of the various sounds are provided in time expansion mode to aid in discerning the details of the sound. Illustrations of the mechanisms of production of heart sounds are also shown in a Murmur Mechanism Guide to facilitate learning.

A special feature for the student is the ability to get definitions of terms that may be unfamiliar by pointing the cursor at the highlighted text or by clicking on it.

System Requirements

Operating System: Windows 95, 98, Me, 2000, NT, XP, or Macintosh OS.
Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher.
Screen resolution: 800 x 600 minimum.
Macromedia Flash player: Free download from www.macromedia.com/downloads

Important: If Flash player is not already installed, and connection to the internet is not available:

To install Flash and Shockwave players from the CD on a computer running Windows operating system:
1. Double click FlashWin.exe in the CD's main folder.
2. Follow the direction on the screen.

To install Flash and Shockwave players from the CD on a computer running Macintosh operating system:
1. Double click on the CD icon to open CD folder.
2. Copy file FlashMac.hqx to the desktop.
3. Double click FlashMac.hqx. This will uncompress file into Shockwave Installer.
4. Double click on Shockwave Installer to initiate installation.
5. Follow the direction on the screen.

How to listen to the sounds

The sounds on this CD are of high quality and closely resemble real sounds heard though stethoscope. Some computer have small speakers that may alter the apparent quality of these sounds. This effect can be minimized by listening to the CD through headphones or high quality speakers.

Click on Play button to start playback. Click on Pause button to stop playback.


Intended for everyone interested in clinical medicine, particularly students, interns, residents, practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, and intensivists. May also be helpful as a referral base of data for the advanced cardiovascular trainee.