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Opening Snap and Second Heart Sound

Virtual Auscultation

patient torso with stethoscope chestpiece
patient position during auscultation

The patient's position should be supine.

Lesson

An opening snap occurring early in diastole along with a single second heart sound can mimic a split second heart sound. An opening snap is caused by thickened valve leaflets. When they open, it produces a snapping sound. The more severe the thickening the earlier in diastole the opening snap occurs. In this example you are hearing an opening snap, which occurs 75 milliseconds after the start of the second heart sound.

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Heart Sounds Video

An opening snap is caused by thickened valve leaflets. When they open it, produces a snapping sound. The more severe the thickening the earlier in diastole the opening snap occurs. In this example you are hearing an opening snap which occurs 75 milliseconds after the start of the second heart sound.


Authors and Reviewers

Authored by Dr. Jonathan Keroes, MD and David Lieberman, Developer, Virtual Cardiac Patient. Medically reviewed by Dr. Barbara Erickson, PhD, RN, CCRN. Last Update: 11/28/2021


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