Accuracy of heart rate obtained by auscultation in atrial fibrillation.

  title={Accuracy of heart rate obtained by auscultation in atrial fibrillation.},
  author={Tony M. Glaus and Michael R H{\"a}ssig and Bruce W. Keene},
  journal={Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association},
  volume={39 3},
The accuracy of heart rate estimation by cardiac auscultation over a 15-second period, and the influence of clinical experience on accuracy were evaluated in a dog with chronic atrial fibrillation by test subjects of varying experience. Only 30% of all test subjects provided accurate heart rate estimates. Board-certified specialists, medicine residents, and experienced nurses were significantly more accurate in their estimates than surgery residents and students. Accurate estimates were… CONTINUE READING