SensiCardiac out of Stellenbosch, South Africa has released a free iPhone app that turns your now old and boring electronic stethoscope into a powerful auscultation recording and analysis system. Simply plugin your stethoscope (SensiCardiac recommends ThinkLabs devices, while Littmann 3200 is not compatible) into the headphone jack, launch the app, and you can quickly record and store those recordings for further review and for sharing them with colleagues.
The company claims that the app is able to “differentiate between Class I and Class III echo-cardiography referrals,” whatever that means. Annotations can be made on a model heart within the app to note which sounds correlate with various possible conditions. For a more careful review of the murmurs, the audio can be slowed down to half speed with a press of a button.
The app can export PDF reports of the exams, including charted recordings, notes, and patient information. The app requires iOS 6.0 or later, and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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In the event of hearing an asymptomatic cardiac murmur during a physical examination, SensiCardiac could be used to assist you to determine if the murmur is due to an underlying structural defect (congenital or valvular disease) in the heart or due to an innocent. SensiCardiac uses state of the art decision algorithms to analyze the frequency content of your recorded heart sound to make a decision.