DENVER (AP/CBS4) — Denver Broncos coach John Fox was taken to a hospital in the Charlotte, N.C., area Saturday after feeling light-headed while playing golf during the Broncos’ bye week.
Team spokesman Patrick Smyth said the 58-year-old Fox “is in good spirits and he told me he did not suffer a heart attack and he’s undergoing additional tests to determine the best course of action.”
Fox was with a group of friends and family on a golf course near his offseason home when he started feeling dizzy, Smyth said.
Fox is in his third season as Broncos coach after a nine-year stint with the Carolina Panthers. He’s 107-88 overall, including 6-5 in the playoffs.
The Broncos (7-1) reconvene Monday in preparation for their Nov. 10 game at San Diego.
CBS4 Medical Editor Dr. Dave Hnida said doctors want to learn if Fox suffered any damage to his heart. That’s done by giving the patient an EKG to check the timing of his heartbeat, and also by taking blood tests.
“Blood tests will measure whether there has been any damage or problem going on in the heart. You get those things back normal and often you can take a little bit of a deeper breath,” Hnida said. “It’s also important to realize when people come in feeling light-headed, it’s not always just the heart. You have to make sure they’re not having a stroke or some other sort of medical condition that is making them feel so poorly.”
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Statement From The Denver Broncos
“Denver Broncos Head Coach John Fox was taken to a Charlotte-area hospital after feeling light-headed while playing golf on Saturday.
“He is being held at the hospital for testing and further observation. Our medical staff is currently in contact with Coach Fox, his family and the doctors who are treating him.
“Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.”
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