This depends on your type of insurance. As a cardiologist, Dr. Overbeck is considered a specialist, so check with your insurance carrier. If you do need a referral, your primary care physician can fax it to us at (972) 253-2506.
Interventional cardiologists have additional training that allows them to perform “interventions,” meaning that they can insert stents, perform angioplasty and other similar procedures.
During the procedure, a thin, flexible tube is inserted into the femoral artery in the groin under local anesthesia with IV sedation. We make every effort to ensure this is painless and in general, most patients sleep through the procedure. The catheter is manipulated under X-ray guidance into the heart and dye is injected into the arteries. This procedure is used to detect coronary blockage.
Angioplasty is when a balloon or stent is used to correct the blockage. Angioplasty is often performed at the time of cardiac catheterization when indicated.
Please bring a list of all medications and supplements that you take (including vitamins) or the actual pill bottles. Feel free to bring a list of questions that you’d like to ask during your visit. You are welcome to bring a family member or friend if it puts you at ease. Please remember to bring your insurance card and picture identification, as well.
Dr. Overbeck believes in offering the best care available to each patient. At times, he may refer patients to an Electrophysiologist, Cardiothoracic Surgeon or even another Interventional Cardiologist because they are the best in the area for a certain procedure. In these situations, he will seek out the best doctors for your needs.
Your payment depends on your type of insurance coverage. Many policies require an office co-payment and we will collect this at the time of the appointment. The amount varies based on your insurance carrier. We will bill your insurance for our services at the contracted rate. Any fees not incurred by your insurance carrier will be the responsibility of the patient.
You deserve to understand your insurance policy coverage and your carrier’s customer service department should be able to provide a clear explanation. If you have questions, please contact your insurance company and/or our patient relations department at 972-253-2574.