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ABSTRACT: The feasibility and accuracy of an Internet-based system for teleauscultation was evaluated in 103 cardiac patients, who were auscultated by the same cardiologist with a conventional stethoscope and with an Internet-based method, using an electronic stethoscope and transmitting heart and lung sounds between computer work stations. In 92% of patients, the results of electronic and acoustic auscultation coincided, indicating that teleauscultation may be considered a reliable method for assessing cardiac patients and could, therefore, be adopted in the context of comprehensive telecare programs.
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