As the Cardiologist for our Dallas Mavericks since 2002, Dr. Overbeck has had the honor and privilege of screening them for cardiac disease. While it’s sure fun to meet the players, he has a serious task – ensuring they are safe to play.
Stories of athletes that suddenly die while playing are all too common. They certainly aren’t limited to professional athletes. Diseases such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy go undetected for years and can result in sudden cardiac death, particularly in young athletes.
Dr. Overbeck urges all athletes to simply be screened for heart conditions. Even more importantly, athletes experiencing unusual symptoms such as fainting, dizziness, and shortness of breath while playing sports should consult a physician. An evaluation by a Cardiologist with a screening echocardiogram can save their lives.
Dr. Overbeck’s interest and passion for prevention in the competitive athlete recently saved the life of a young man. He’s a 28 year old competitive basketball player and a single dad. He experienced an episode of syncope on the court and paramedics took him to a hospital. They treated him for dehydration with IV saline and told him to follow up with his primary care physician. Fortunately, his physician referred him to Dr. Overbeck for a full cardiac work-up, where he was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and obstruction of his left ventricular outflow track. He now has a prophylactic defibrillator and is back on the court.
A cardiac screening can save the life of an athlete with an underlying condition, schedule your screening today. Heart conditions do not discriminate regardless of the team you play for.