The techniques described in this monograph will aid in the accurate identification of the origin of a cardiac murmur or abnormal heart sound. They do not necessarily reveal the presence or severity of cardiac disease. No maneuver is 100% accurate in elucidation of cardiac abnormalities, and a given maneuver's effectiveness varies in its application. The systematic application of a combination of maneuvers improves the accuracy of diagnosis. Auscultatory findings must be interpreted with consideration of the total clinical examination including history, other physical findings, ECG, chest x-ray, and possibly an echocardiogram. Thus, the careful physiological approach to the physical examination represents a powerful noninvasive tool that can be used in combination with other information to accurately diagnose cardiac disease in many patients and efficiently direct further evaluation when necessary.