Stress Test

Stress Test

Our heart is the engine that powers our bodies, and wisdom says to eat healthy, exercise regularly, and sleep well. Still, even the healthiest cardiovascular system will weaken over time, and it's important to stay alert for signs of trouble.If your symptoms arise when exercising or performing physical activities, then a stress test may be necessary to replicate conditions and pinpoint the issue. Call Capitol Cardiology Associates to schedule a stress test or arrange a consultation. Our licensed cardiologists are happy to address any questions or concerns you may have.

What is a Stress Test?

A stress test, also known as an exercise stress test or treadmill test, is a diagnostic procedure used to evaluate how well your heart functions during physical activity. It provides valuable information about your heart's response to stress and helps detect potential abnormalities or underlying heart conditions.

Who May Be Recommended a Stress Test?

A stress test may be recommended if you have symptoms suggestive of heart disease or to evaluate your heart's function and response to exercise. Common uses include for:

  • Chest pain or discomfort (angina).
  • Shortness of breath or fatigue during physical activity.
  • Monitoring heart function after a heart attack or heart procedure.
  • Assessing the effectiveness of heart medications or treatments.
  • Evaluating overall cardiovascular fitness and risk assessment.

In any case, you should follow the instructions of your physician or cardiologist. It can be beneficial to get second opinions, and the professionals at Capitol Cardiology Associates are always happy to help.

The Stress Test Procedure: What to Expect

Before we begin, we take baseline measurements like your resting heart rate, blood pressure, and electrocardiogram (ECG) readings. Then, you’ll be asked to walk on a treadmill or pedal a stationary bike. The goal is to reach a target heart rate based on your age, fitness level, and medical history. 
Measurements are also taken throughout the exercise. Your heart rate, blood pressure, and ECG will be continuously monitored to assess how your heart responds to the physical exertion. You are encouraged to report any symptoms you experience during the test, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, or fatigue.After reaching the target heart rate or experiencing symptoms, the exercise phase will be stopped, and you will gradually cool down with slower movements.

Stress Test
Stress Test

Benefits of Regular Stress Testing

This diagnostics service is doubly powerful as part of routine health checkups. Regular stress testing can help assess changes in heart function over time, identify new risk factors, and guide preventive strategies to reduce the risk of cardiovascular events.
For individuals undergoing treatment or lifestyle modifications for heart conditions, periodic stress testing allows for monitoring progress, adjusting interventions, and optimizing cardiac health outcomes.
Stress tests provide an opportunity for patient education, empowering individuals with knowledge about their heart health, risk factors, and proactive measures for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Call Capitol Cardiology Associates if you are curious about your cardiovascular system’s ability to take on some intense physical activity. We are here to help.

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