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Dr. Rex A. Outtrim, MD

Cardiologist

Dr. Rex Outtrim is a cardiologist practicing in Murray, Ut. Dr. Outtrim specializes in diagnosing, monitoring, and treating diseases or conditions of the heart and blood vessels and the cardiovascular system. These conditions include heart attacks, heart murmurs, coronary heart disease, and hypertension. Dr. Outtrim also practices preventative medicine, helping patients maintain a heart-healthy life.
27 years Experience
Dr. Rex A. Outtrim, MD
  • Murray, Ut
  • Univ of Tx Med Sch At San Antonio, San Antonio Tx
  • Accepting new patients

Will my hip replacement put me at risk for heart disease?

If you can walk up a flight or two of stairs without any cardiac symptoms then you should be fine. (i.e. no chest pain or significant shortness of breath) This is equivalent to READ MORE
If you can walk up a flight or two of stairs without any cardiac symptoms then you should be fine. (i.e. no chest pain or significant shortness of breath) This is equivalent to 4 mets or more and this it the cutoff for most surgeons to do surgery. As long as you do not have significant risks like hypertension, diabetes or tobacco use and your baseline EKG is normal, I think your Primary's opinion is accurate.

Can I have mitral valve prolapse when doctor can not hear heart murmur?

It is possible for MVP, or a murmur, not to be heard depending on a person's hydration and/or blood pressure at the time of examination. If it was not seen on echo, then it is READ MORE
It is possible for MVP, or a murmur, not to be heard depending on a person's hydration and/or blood pressure at the time of examination. If it was not seen on echo, then it is most likely not significant enough to cause concern. Symptoms as you describe can be due to lack of sleep, too much caffeine and/or stress. Sometimes I will recommend over the counter fish oil and/or magnesium to help with palpitations (extra beats) if that is an issue. Check with your doctor, if symptoms change, to see if any further testing would be helpful.