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Where to listen for Heart Sounds (Auscultory Areas) - MEDZCOOL

when listening for heart sounds with

your stethoscope there are certain

locations on the patient's floor axe or

chest that you want to listen to in

other words you're not just putting your

stethoscope and listening anywhere you

choose - it's important to remember

these specific locations so that you do

things systematically and so you don't

miss anything on physical exam to help

you remember these locations we'll use

the mnemonic apartment M or to be more

specific apartment M number twenty to

forty five its location in an apartment

building but this will also help you

remember areas to auscultate this

mnemonic comes from the fact that there

are four general areas on the chest

where you want to listen to for heart

sounds these are the aortic valve the

pulmonic valve the tricuspid valve and

finally the mitral valve the letters in

the mnemonic apartment M stand for the

first letter of the valves a for aortic

P for pulmonic T four tricuspid and M

for mitral and the apartment number

twenty to forty five represents the

location of the intercostal space of

that respective listening area so that

would be the right second intercostal

space for the aortic valve the left

second intercostal space for the

pulmonic valve the fourth intercostal

space in the lower left sternal border

for the tricuspid valve and finally the

fifth intercostal space at the

midclavicular line for the mitral valve

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