Is it correct to write out the sound of a heart beat as lub dub or are there other variations that are also acceptable?

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  • en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heart_sounds – user66974 Jun 24 '14 at 9:02
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    Lub dub is the approximate 'sound' a normal heart makes when heard through a stethescope. It isn't nearly as clear when you just put your ear to the chest to listen. Anything you hear is fair game. boom boom, ba dum, whatever! – anongoodnurse Jun 24 '14 at 9:24
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    ba-dum, ba-dum, ba-dum-tsh – npst Jun 24 '14 at 11:45
  • I suggest going to Edgar Allen Poe's "The Tell-tale Heart" and copying his description. – Oldcat Jun 24 '14 at 17:33
  • @Oldcat: That's Edgar Allan Poe, with an "a". – Scott Nov 2 '16 at 3:38

There are different versions in different languages. In english I have seen thump thump, ba boom, ba bump and lub-dub. In India, it is "dhakdhak." In Italian, it's "tu tump."

Likewise, there are many others. Here is a link:


open "human sounds" and then "heartbeat."

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