Few diagnostic tools in the world of cardiovascular medicine hold as much significance and versatility as the echocardiogram. This innovative technology has revolutionized the way we assess heart health, offering unparalleled insights into cardiac structure, function, and overall performance. 
For those unfamiliar with this groundbreaking innovation, we’ll provide a general overview on this page. If you have any particular questions or concerns, you are welcomed to call Capitol Cardiology Associates to schedule an appointment with a licensed cardiologist. We are also happy to arrange a walk-in for as soon as possible.

Understanding Echocardiograms

An echocardiogram, often referred to as an echo, is a non-invasive imaging test that utilizes ultrasound waves to create real-time images of the heart. Unlike traditional X-rays or CT scans, echocardiograms provide dynamic views of the heart's chambers, valves, blood flow patterns, and overall cardiac function. 
This comprehensive assessment allows doctors to evaluate heart health, detect abnormalities, monitor disease progression, and guide treatment strategies with remarkable precision. It is a must-have tool in any holistic approach to cardiovascular medicine.

Benefits of Echocardiograms

Echocardiograms offer a comprehensive assessment of cardiac anatomy and function. It allows us to learn measurements of chamber sizes, valve function, wall motion abnormalities, and ejection fraction (a key indicator of heart pumping efficiency).
Unlike invasive procedures such as cardiac catheterization, echocardiograms are non-invasive and pose minimal risk to patients. They do not involve radiation exposure, making them safe for repeated use, even in sensitive populations. Furthermore, echocardiography provides real-time imaging, which allows healthcare providers to visualize heart structures and blood flow dynamics as they occur. This real-time feedback is essential for immediate clinical decision-making. By providing detailed insights into cardiac function and pathology, echocardiograms guide treatment decisions, surgical interventions, and ongoing management strategies for a wide range of cardiovascular conditions.

Preparing for an Echocardiogram

Before the echocardiogram, there is typically minimal preparation required. Patients may be asked to avoid eating or drinking for a few hours before the test, particularly for transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) procedures that involve inserting a probe into the esophagus.
During a transthoracic echocardiography (TTE), the patient lies comfortably on an examination table, while a transducer (probe) is placed on the chest to capture images. For a TEE, a specialized probe is inserted through the mouth or nose into the esophagus for clearer imaging of certain heart structures.
Next up is the ultrasound imaging. The echocardiographer moves the transducer across specific areas of the chest (or esophagus) to obtain different views of the heart. The ultrasound waves create detailed images displayed on a monitor in real time.
The echocardiographer interprets the images, assessing cardiac structures, valve function, blood flow patterns, and any abnormalities. Once the echocardiogram is complete, patients can typically resume their normal activities without any restrictions. Results are reviewed by an experienced cardiologist, who integrates them into the patient's overall clinical assessment and treatment plan.


Consult with a Licensed Cardiologist

If you have any scares or concerns regarding your heart health, it is always advisable to see a licensed cardiologist sooner rather than later. Identifying issues and vulnerabilities can be literal lifesavers. Residents in the area can call Capitol Cardiology Associates to schedule an appointment with a heart doctor. Our team is on standby to take your call today.

Review of Exceptional Healthcare Services

Jose Mendoza

My experience with the Capitol Cardiology Associates office was outstanding. From the time I initially talked to Dr Shetty on the phone to the moment I checked out. I had a very pleasant encounter with the front desk personnel. The staff is kind, gentle and informative. Pamela was very efficient, skilled and smart.  Took time to explain the procedure and broke it down in easy terms. I recommend this group with no reservations to whoever needs a cardiologist.

Bobbie Shockley

Even the office was excited busy, the staff remains super courteous and respectful. Dr. Shetty and his students were kind and efficient. Check out is a breeze. Those with disabilities were treated with great respect. I feel well cared for here at Capitol  Cardiology.

Isatu Sesay

Dr Raj Shetty. I wanted to thank you so so much, my blood pressure is normal now praise God.All because of you, my physician cannot get it in control then he Reffered me to you. I thank God and you because it’s all in control now. May God continue to bless your hand , you are so patient.

Jeanette McQueen

I had an excellent experience at Capitol Cardiology Associates. From the moment I walked into the suite everyone was friendly and courteous. When I was taken in the back the Medical Assistant was very professional and made me feel comfortable. My Cardiologist, Dr. Venugopal, had an excellent bedside manner and reassured me that all was okay. The checkout receptionist was very helpful as well. She made sure I had all the documents I needed and provided a copy to my primary care physician. Well done guys!??

Kuron Rice

On my first visit to Capitol Cardiology Associates, the staff were punctual, professional & friendly.  I enjoyed every aspect of the visit. The lady who checks you in has high energy & is very fun. My nurse was very nice as well. But my doctor, Dr. Foushee was attentive to symptoms & asked lots of question to find out the problem & it's source. For top notch service visit Capitol Cardiology Associates!!!

Bonnie Moreland

Everyone that I had contact with in the office were so pleasant. I feel Claire, PA listened to me about my concerns. She assured me that tests will be done and we'll figure out what's going on and that I'll be feeling better soon.

James Churchill

This was my first visit to a specialist, Dr. Venugopal. While the appointment took time to get, I was greeted promptly, the staff treated me well both coming in and leaving and the doctor is one of the finest I've encountered. Not only was he informative, his professional demeanor was complemented by a a humor that matched my own, a talent not always found in potentially serious situations. I would highly recommend!

J D McCall

Dr. Forrester is very professional, competent, thorough and caring. He is thoughtful, knowledgeable & attentive.The staff are very kind, professional & attentive as well. Overall excellent place to go.

Yvonne Martinez Vega

I have had positive experience with the staff of Capital Cardiology. They are courteous, professional and efficient. Dr. Clarence Findley is fabulous. He takes his time explaining , asking questions etc. Not something one sees now a days.

Rhonda McNair

I really was sick not knowing just how sick. My PC referred me to Dr. Clarence Fendly with only three visits two office and one hospital I am great. I thank God for him. He explained everything to me where I could understand,  but he's gone now, and I am going to miss him. I feel sorry for all on this side of the earth that never had the opportunity to get his help. Where ever he's moved on to someone will be blessed. Thanks Dr. Fendley. Rhonda McNair