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

Palpitations Specialist

Heart palpitations are an indicator of heart arrhythmias and other issues. When patients from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, experience palpitations, Dr. Tiffany offers quick and accurate diagnosis and treatment of any underlying cardiac conditions.

Palpitations Q & A

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

How Do I Know If I Am Having Palpitations?

Palpitations are very rapid or irregular heartbeats. Most often they are felt in the chest although palpitations are also sometimes felt in the neck. They cause a fluttering sensation in the chest. Sometimes, palpitations feel like the heart is skipping beats. While occasional palpitations are not serious, frequent or regular palpitations are signs of a serious underlying health condition that may require prompt medical attention.

What Causes Palpitations?

In addition to heart or cardiovascular conditions, palpitations can occur for many different reasons. While occasional palpitations generally do not indicate a serious medical issue, chronic or persistent palpitations can be a sign of a heart problem or other serious medical issue. Because so many factors are associated with palpitations, it is important to schedule an evaluation to determine the underlying cause. Some of the other conditions that can cause palpitations include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Stress or anxiety, including panic attacks
  • Dehydration
  • Low blood sugar
  • Fever
  • Thyroid disease
  • Hormonal fluctuations, especially those associated with menopause
  • Caffeine, alcohol, or nicotine
  • Overeating
  • Some medications, including diet pills, asthma medications, and decongestants, as well as nutritional supplements

How Are Palpitations Diagnosed?

Dr. Tiffany uses a variety of evaluations and tests to determine the cause of palpitations. Most often, diagnosis begins with an in-office evaluation and a medical history to help. The doctor may also order medical tests like EKGs, blood tests, or cardiac stress tests and diagnostic imaging to gather additional information about the heart.

How Are Palpitations Treated?

Treatment for palpitation depends on the root cause of the irregular heartbeat. Sometimes, palpitations can be treated with lifestyle changes like losing excess weight, changing medications, or restricting caffeine, alcohol, or nicotine. Palpitations related to a heart problem may be treated with medication or, sometimes, a minimally invasive procedure to help stabilize the heart's electrical activity. When palpitations are related to another medical issue like thyroid disease, treatment will be focused on managing that condition first.

Accepted Insurances

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

Blue Cross Blue Shield
Clear Health Alliance
Community Care
Global Health
United Healthcare

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.
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    "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."

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  • "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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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