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Dr. James L. Marcum, MD

Cardiologist

Dr. James Marcum is a cardiologist practicing in Cleveland, TN. Dr. Marcum 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. Marcum also practices preventative medicine, helping patients maintain a heart-healthy life.
28 years Experience
Dr. James L. Marcum, MD
  • Cleveland, TN
  • Univ of Tx Med Sch At San Antonio, San Antonio Tx
  • Accepting new patients

Is chest heaviness related to my past heart issues?

This could be heart related. You should see your physician. I would be especially concerned if the symptom comes with exertion. Pain at rest is sometimes hard to diagnose without READ MORE
This could be heart related. You should see your physician. I would be especially concerned if the symptom comes with exertion. Pain at rest is sometimes hard to diagnose without testing.

Weak from a stroke

Yes sometimes you can pending on the extent of the stroke. I would suggest a physical and occupational therapist to help you regain your strength.

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

I would consider having the echocardiogram repeated.
You can have mitral valve prolapse and a doctor cannot hear the characteristic click or murmur.

Increasing resting heart rate, what is it?

Many physiologic conditions can increase heart rate. Stressors like dehydration, pain, anemia, infection, overactive thyroid, and the list is extensive. An abnormal heart rhythm READ MORE
Many physiologic conditions can increase heart rate. Stressors like dehydration, pain, anemia, infection, overactive thyroid, and the list is extensive. An abnormal heart rhythm can present like this as well. A complete physical and appropriate testing would be a great place to start.

JMarcum MD

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

Hip surgery will be a short term stressor to the body. Any stress puts a heart at some risk. Cigarettes, diabetes, high cholesterol, a diet rich in animal-based protein and fat, READ MORE
Hip surgery will be a short term stressor to the body. Any stress puts a heart at some risk. Cigarettes, diabetes, high cholesterol, a diet rich in animal-based protein and fat, lack of exercise, mental stress, lack of sleep; the list goes on.

The longer the stress continues, the greater the risk.

Hip surgery will cause pain and there might be some blood loss. These are all short-term risks. Having pain in the hip and not being able to move well are risks as well that may have more overall risk over time.

If you are not having active symptoms of heart disease, the surgery might lower risk over the long haul if there are no complications.

You will have less pain, exercise more, keep the weight off, sleep better, and feel happier. These factors in my opinion would help your heart risk long term. Nothing is risk free. Obtain opinions of others, pray, and be well informed.

I hope this answer helps.

My prayers are with you.

JMarcum MD