Getting to the Heart of Infant Cardiac Exams

August 3, 2010

Because infants often start to cry as soon as a stethoscope makes contact with their skin, it can be difficult to hear defects during a cardiac examination.

Because infants often start to cry as soon as a stethoscope makes contact with their skin, it can be difficult to hear defects during a cardiac examination. An approach that can make it easier to identify cardiac defects is to have an "initial listen" before removing the infant's clothes.

-- Chad R. Stough, MPAS, PA-C Dallas, Ga


 

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