Timing of cardiac murmurs – Medicine MCQ – CVS -Answer
Timing of cardiac murmurs is best done in relation to the – Correct answer: a) Carotid pulse
Cardiac auscultatory events are best timed in relation to the carotid pulse as the time delay after the onset of systole is least with carotid pulse. Of the pulses mentioned, radial is the most delayed and timing cardiac events in relation to the radial pulse is likely to be most erroneous.
Usual teaching is that when you are auscultating the heart, your left hand should be feeling the carotid pulse for correct timing of the events.
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