Cardiac auscultation - Definition

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Cardiac auscultation is an analysis of the heart performed by a doctor, either a general practitioner or a cardiologist. It is one of the exams that are common during a medical consultation, or check-up. Cardiac auscultation consists of the application of a stethoscope on the chest of a patient, who is either seated or lying down, in order to detect any anomalies in heart rate. This exam must be performed in silence, to better concentrate on the sounds of the heart.