Physical Examination of the Heart and Circulation

Joseph K. Perloff, MD

Streisand/American Heart Association Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
Emeritus Founding Director
Ahmanson/UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center
UCLA School of Medicine
Los Angeles, California

Physical Examination of the Heart and Circulation provides the reader with the results of Dr. Perloff’s extensive experience in employing ordinary bedside methods, which in his words, “beautifully supplement the remarkable laboratory techniques that have done so much to reveal the meanings and increase the diagnostic value of cardiovascular physical signs.”
The cardiovascular physical examination is described from birth to senescence, and includes physical appearance, the arterial pulse, the jugular venous pulse, the peripheral veins, percussion, palpation and observation of the precordium, cardiac auscultation, the thorax, lungs, and abdomen. No organ system lends itself better to a close association between signs, structure, and function than the heart and circulation.

Text descriptions of clinical examination and phonocardiogram images are enhanced by sound recordings of auscultatory signs accessed at a dedicated website: Auscultation video and sound clips.

Physical Examination of the Heart and Circulation received a 5-star, 100 score from Doody’s Book Review.

Chapter 1: Introduction with a Brief Historical Survey
Chapter 2: Physical Appearance
Chapter 3: The Arterial Pulse
Chapter 4: The Jugular and Peripheral Veins
Chapter 5: The Movements of the Heart-Percussion, Observation, Palpation
Chapter 6: Auscultation-The Audible Language of the Heart
Chapter 7: The Chest
Chapter 8: The Abdomen

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Book Details

286 pages


6 in. x 9 in.

Publication Date September 2009

Cardiologists, residents, family and general practitioners

ISBN 9781607950233
Supplementary Material Link Auscultation video and sound clips