Tiffany Sizemore-Ruiz, D.O., F.A.C.C.  -  - Cardiologist

Tiffany Sizemore-Ruiz, D.O., F.A.C.C.

Cardiologist located in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Echocardiogram Specialist

Echocardiograms are another diagnostic tool used by Dr. Tiffany to measure heart function in her patients from in and around Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Echocardiogram Q & A

by Tiffany Sizemore-Ruiz, D.O., F.A.C.C.

What Is an Echocardiogram?

An echocardiogram uses ultrasound to evaluate the structure and function of the heart. Echocardiograms are administered with a hand-held device and require no sedation or anesthesia. Unlike x-rays and CT scans, ultrasounds do not use ionizing radiation and are considered very safe diagnostic tools. Echocardiograms are completed in approximately a half hour, and patients can go home and resume their regular activities immediately afterward. An echocardiogram is often performed as part of a cardiac stress test.

What Are Echocardiograms Used For?

Dr. Tiffany uses echocardiograms for a variety of cardiac issues and concerns. Some of the diagnostic uses include:

  • Assess both the structure and the function, or pumping action, of the heart
  • Assess heart murmurs and arrhythmias
  • Assess the heart following a heart attack
  • Diagnose and manage valve-related problems
  • Diagnose infections involving the heart or the sac around the heart
  • Evaluate symptoms like chest pain and shortness of breath
  • Monitor ongoing treatment for heart disease and heart-related issues so that treatment can be adjusted as needed

How Is an Echocardiogram Performed?

The patient rests on a padded exam table and a water-based gel is applied to the chest over the heart to help conduct the ultrasound waves. A handheld device called a transducer moved over the chest to transmit the ultrasound energy through the skin and chest wall. The technician may need to press the transducer firmly into the skin to obtain clearer images. Patients may be asked to hold their breath for a short period of time to still the lungs so that the clearest possible images can be created. The ultrasound waves “bounce” off the heart, transmitting data back to a computer. Images and video of the heart are created which reveal how well the heart is functioning. Dr. Tiffany uses these images to diagnose cardiac conditions and inform treatment plans.

Accepted Insurances

Please contact us if you are unsure about your insurance and we will be happy to verify your insurance eligibility.

Aetna
AvMed
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna
Clear Health Alliance
Community Care
Coventry
Global Health
Humana
Medicare
United Healthcare
Wellcare
Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "Dr. Tiffany Sizemore-Ruiz is the best physician I have ever been to. It's very hard to find a physician around here that really truly cares about your well being. "

    Mara G.
  • Vitals

    Best doctor I have ever had. She is so caring, knows what she is doing, and spends time with you. Office staff is great."

    Michele O.
  • Yelp

    "I saw Dr. Tiffany Sizemore-Ruiz, D.O. the other day, and I really liked her. She is clear about what she does and doesn't do."

    Kristin C.
  • "From the moment she walks in the room Dr. Sizemore-Ruiz will put you at ease with her big warm smile."

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Location
Tiffany Sizemore-Ruiz, D.O., F.A.C.C.
1409 SE 1st Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Phone: 954-488-3830
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Tiffany Sizemore-Ruiz, D.O., F.A.C.C.
1409 SE 1st Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316