Nelson B. Schiller, M.D., FACC, professor of medicine and the John J. Sampson and Lucy Stearn Endowed Chair of Cardiology, University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and founder the Adult Echocardiography Laboratory and Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic at UCSF, explains the how he uses a digital stethoscope to improve the quality of his care. He said the digital stethoscope can record heart sounds more accurately and filter out ambient noise to improve diagnostics. The system he uses also integrates an ECG so the waveforms can help determine if noises are diastolic or systolic in patients with fast heart rates.
Schiller explains key features clinicians should consider when buying a stethoscope and gives an overview of his digital HD Steth device.
The HD Steth combines three products into one. This includes a stethoscope, phonocardiograph and electrocardiograph (ECG), enabling clinicians to visualize heart sounds and ECG waveforms on a smart device and help detect multiple cardiac abnormalities while providing the unique ability to capture, record, and replay patient heart sounds for improved readings and analysis.