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A 47-year-old member asked:

Why does a patient with mitral stenosis lay on his left side during auscultation?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 47 years experience
Better to hear: It positions the tip of the left ventricle closer to the chest wall so that thye stethoscope has a better chance of hearing the low pitched murmur.
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Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 23 years experience
Not related to : Mitral stenosis. Laying on the left side places the heart closer to the stethoscope.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

Why?With ?Mitral stenosis, does a patient lay on his left side during auscultation ?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Ms: The murmur becomes more audible in that position.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated Mar 26, 2013

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