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Heart Sounds

This is yet another excellent lecture by Dr Eric Strong, Asst. Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. It is a lecture on the recognition and physiology of both normal and abnormal heart sounds with numerous audio examples. Covered sounds include S1, S2, S3, S4, clicks, an opening snap and pericardial knock. The scientific evidence for the diagnostic utility of abnormal sounds is also discussed. For the most accurate reproduction of the heart sounds, you should listen with headphones instead of standard external computer speakers.

Examination of Thorax and Lungs

This video explains in simple language how to examine the thorax and what the respiratory sounds on auscultation will sound like. It covers inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation of the chest with audio of normal and adventitious sounds breath sounds.

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a rare and deadly respiratory condition that most patients have never heard of until they're diagnosed. 
Learn how IPF progresses and about key symptoms such as the Velcro-like crackles heard in the lungs of 80% of IPF patients. This film features interviews from leading experts in IPF, Professor Vincent Cottin, Dr Toby Maher and Dr Luca Richeldi. 

This video is presented by Boehringer Ingelheim

Heart Murmurs

A lecture on the identification and characterization of heart murmurs by Eric Strong, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. 
Basic Physiology behind the generation of murmurs is explained with illustration and sound in this lecture.

This lecture would suit not only Clinical Medical Students but also Interns, Residents and Senior Staff.

Using an AED Cardiac Defibrillator

There are many AED defibrillators on the market. They are all easy to use as the machine will give you clear instructions for each step of the process. However you should have a general idea as to how one  operates the machine. This You Tube presentation is an example of a machine available on the market. Check the video.

Using a Cardiac Science PowerHeart G3 Plus Defibrillator AED. Cardiac arrest must be treated immediately with CPR and a defibrillator if available. If not treated within a few minutes, the victims suffers brain death. If defibrillation is performed within 3-5 minutes of collapse, the victim's chance of survival increases by approximately 70%

How to Perform a CPR

Every one must learn how to perform a CPR in an emergency. Family members must be taught the procedure so that they can act in an emergency when a relative suffers a heart attack and collapses.

This You Tube presentation is straight forward and anyone can understand.

Resuscitation after a cardiac arrest

This is an actual video of someone who collapsed following a cardiac arrest while he was out shopping and how the paramedic team resuscitated him and brought him back to life.

Automated External Defrillilator

An automated external defibrillator or AED is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the potentially life threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in a patient, and is able to treat them through defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm.

A Doctor's Touch: Abraham Verghese

Abraham Verghese who graduated from Madras Medical College is Professor and Senior Associate Chair for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. There are few who combine a career as physician, teacher and author as well as Abraham Verghese, whose name is a frequent byline in newspapers and magazines across the world. He himself is also a regular focus of attention in media – both medical and general – that range from National Public Radio, the New England Journal of Medicine, and the New York Times to The Guardian, and The Times of India.

His work as a physician informs his writing and the reflection that comes through his writing helps him empathize with his patients, regarding them as human beings who are suffering, fearful and in need of comfort and reassurance. Imagining his patients’ experience has driven his work throughout his medical career. His emphasis on empathy and healing is the focus of his talks, nationally and internationally, as he stresses the importance of the patient-physician relationship in an era of advances in medical technology that tend to depersonalize medical care.

“I still find,” he says, “the best way to understand a hospitalized patient is not by staring at a computer screen, but going to see that patient. For it is at the bedside that I can figure out what is important to the patient and how the data you have accumulated makes sense.”

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