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Detection rate of heart murmurs

More than 40% of heart murmurs — detected with a stethoscope and sometimes the first sign of heart valve disease (HVD) — are missed by family practitioners.

Competency in Cardiac Examination Skills in Medical Students, Trainees, Physicians, and Faculty. Archives of Internal Medicine. 2006; 166(12). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16567598

Reference

Title
Competency in Cardiac Examination Skills in Medical Students, Trainees, Physicians, and Faculty
Publication
Archives of Internal Medicine
Publication Date
2006
Volume & Issue
Volume 166, Issue 12
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Prevalence & Incidence
  • Human Burden

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