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Editor's Correspondence
January 12, 2004

Clarification on Heart Sound

Arch Intern Med. 2004;164(1):108. doi:10.1001/archinte.164.1.108-a

In the editorial by Alpert,1 the first aortic stenosis murmur the author heard was not aortic stenosis; it was a regurgitant murmur if it indeed was "obliterating the second heart sound." I suspect that if the diagnosis was in fact aortic stenosis, then the second heart sound (A2) was merely absent.