Steven Kamara, MD
Primary Care Physician located in Beverly Grove, Los Angeles, CA
As a specialist in internal medicine, assessing the condition of the heart is a key part of the service. Dr. Steven Kamara did his internal medicine residency at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and remained in Los Angeles, California when he opened his private practice. Fluent in five languages, he is able to serve the diverse population in the area as a primary care physician.
EKG Testing Q & A
What is EKG Testing?
EKG stands for electrocardiogram. It offers the doctor a window into the electrical activity of your heart. The human heart has a natural electrical system that allows it to draw in blood and then pump it back out. It takes a sophisticated system to accomplish those two actions. The job of EKG testing services to measure and record the various electrical impulses that make it work.
What is the doctor looking for when he orders EKG Testing?
Since, so much of the heart function relies on this complex electrical network, determining how strong the impulses are provides key insight into how well the heart works. The doctor may order the test because:
- You have unexplained chest pain
- There are symptoms of heart disease
- You are feeling dizzy at times
- Your heartbeat is irregular
- Your take medication for your heart, the test allows the doctor to evaluate how well it is working
- You have a mechanical implant to improve heart function
- You are in the high risk group for heart disease or other cardiac problems
Ultimately, it is about assessing the overall health of your heart.
What do I do to prepare for an EKG?
There is no specific patient prep for an EKG like there are for other tests. For example, you don’t have to fast before getting an electrocardiogram. Prior to the test, tell the doctor what medications you take, even over-the-counter drugs like pain killers or vitamins. The doctor may give you instructions about taking some medication, especially if testing the effectiveness of a drug plan.
During the test, the technician will ask you to remove your jewelry and open your shirt to expose your chest. Electrodes are connected to different points around you chest and they must touch bare skin in order to collect accurate data.
Major Insurance Providers Accepted
We accept major PPO plans including Blue Shield, Blue Cross and CIGNA as well as United Healthcare and Medicare fees for service only. We also offer affordable options for those without insurance or for those with high deductibles required with their insurance plans. We are not on network with any HMO plans or medi-cal. Below is a short-list of just some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office with any questions.
Words from our patients
"The doc and the office staff are friendly and professional and the place has a comfortable vibe. I am happy to have found an office I like so close to home."
"Very knowledgeable and caring doctor. Nice staff. I would highly recommend to my family and friends."
"SO caring, kind, loving, selfless, educated, thorough, simply the best. Saved my dads life - forever thankful."
"Dr. Kamara has been our family's Medical Doctor for close to 20 years and we are very pleased with his expertise and knowledge."
"Dr. Kamara is a very attentive concerned doctor. He listens well and has excellent bedside manner."
"Dr. Kamara is very professional yet personal in his manner. I appreciate his follow through very much."
"Great physician. Very knowledgeable. Wonderful all around! And Bea is a fantastic front office person."
"What I like about Dr. Kamara is that he comes into the room and sit down and actually listens to my concerns. It's hard to find a doctor that still does this."
"A compassionate physician. Recommended if you need a primary care doctor. Affiliated with Cedars Sinai."
"His overwhelming warmth, caring and dedication far surpasses any medical provider(s) I've ever had in 66 years. It goes without saying Dr. Kamara is amongst the finest!
"I will always be grateful for the excellent care they provided, and felt honored to have been under their excellent care.
"I was extremely fortunate to have two excellent medical professionals treat my medical disorder. Both are very high acclaimed in the medical community."
"Awesome and very understanding, addressed my condition in a timely manner and got me the meds I needed that day."
"Dr. Kamara is a great doctor, he always listens to what I have to say the entire staff is just awesome!!! Have and will recommend him to friends & family!"
"I love Dr.Kamara! He is always there for me, always professional, knowledgeable. As soon as he enters the office, or the hospital room I am in, I feel better!"