Auscultated Heart and Lung Sounds

This website offers lessons on understanding auscultated heart, lung, bowel and abdominal sounds. Our interactive lessons use audio recordings (real and simulated), waveforms, anatomical animations and text to explain each sound.

Auscultated Definition

Auscultated: past tense of auscultation. Auscultation is the act of observing body sounds, usually with a stethoscope. MDs and nurses auscultate the heart and lungs as well as carotid arteries and the abdomen.

Heart Sounds

Heart sounds can indicate congenital heart problems, valvular abnormalities, myocarditis or pericardial friction rub. We provide about 65 lessons grouped within the courses listed below.

First Heart Sounds
Second Heart Sounds
Extra Heart Sounds
Systolic Murmurs
Diastolic Murmurs
Complex Conditions
Congenital Abnormalities
Cardiac Conditions Associated With Sudden Death
Auscultation in Primary Care
Heart & Lung Sounds Reference Guide

Additional Heart Sounds Auscultation Lessons

Carotid bruit and pulmonary arterial hypertension requires additional auscultatory training. These courses are available for such training:
Abdominal Sounds
Carotid Bruit

Breath Sounds

Breath sounds are auscultated for rhonchi, rales and wheezes and for less common sounds. Some healthcare professionals may also listen for voiced lung sounds. Our lung sounds lessons cover adventitious lung sounds and voiced sounds.

Basics of Lung Sounds
Intermediate Lung Sounds
Lung Sounds/Breath Sounds Reference Guide