We want visiting Tuscan Cardiovascular Center to be easy, not a chore. So, we’ve provided a list of commonly asked questions that might be helpful to you. As always, if you don’t find the answer to your question here, feel free to call our office at (972) 253-2505.
Do I need a referral to see Dr. Overbeck?
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.
What is the difference between a Cardiologist and an Interventional Cardiologist?
Interventional Cardiologists have additional training that allows them to perform “interventions,” meaning that they can insert stents, perform angioplasty and other similar procedures.
What are cardiac catheterization and coronary angioplasty?
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.
What services are offered at Tuscan Cardiovascular Center?
- Preventive cardiology
- Stress EKG/stress echocardiogram/nuclear stress test
- Carotid and abdominal ultrasound/lower extremity ultrasound
- Holter and event monitors
- Segmental pressure tests/PAD screening
- Pacemaker/defibrillator clinic
- Syncope evaluation
- Cardiac catheterization (in hospital)
- Coronary angioplasty and stenting (in hospital)
- Athletic screening for competitive athletes
- Venous insufficiency studies for varicose veins*
- Ambulatory phlebectomy*
- Radiofrequency ablation for varicose veins*
*Offered in Granbury, Las Colinas, and Stephenville
What should I bring to my visit?
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.
Why do I need to see another doctor, will I need a referral and how does that work?
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. As your advocate, Dr. Overbeck makes sure that your needs are matched with the top tier cardiovascular surgeons and eletrophysiologists in the community. Tuscan Cardiovascular Center only refers to physicians with proven experience and outcomes. As part of the Tuscan Cardiovascular Center family, patients will only be referred to physicians that Dr. Overbeck and his staff would personally go to as well.
How much will I be expected to pay at my visit?
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. Click here for a list of insurance carriers.
What should I do if I need to reach your office after hours?
For non-emergent situations, call (972) 253-2505 and the answering service will take a message. If you feel you have an emergent situation or are experiencing chest pain, call 911 or get to the nearest emergency room. Dr. Overbeck is affiliated with Las Colinas Medical Center.
Who should I call for a prescription refill?
It’s best to call your pharmacy for accuracy and tracking. They will contact our office.