EKG Specialist

Dean K. Otaka, MD

Family Medicine located in Aiea, HI

Heart issues are very common. In fact, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women. You shouldn’t neglect your heart health, which is why family practitioner Dean Otaka, MD, may recommend an EKG for you. This quick, painless test can tell how well your heart works. If you’d like to know how an EKG might benefit you, call or book a consultation online with his office in the Aiea area of Honolulu.

EKG Q & A

What is an EKG?

An electrocardiogram, or EKG, is a noninvasive test that diagnoses common heart problems and monitors your heart's status in many situations. An electrocardiogram works by recording your heart’s electrical signals.

Information from an EKG helps Dr. Otaka find the cause of your heart issue and recommend an optimal treatment. You may have an EKG done in a doctor's office or a hospital room.

Why do I need an EKG?

An EKG can reveal an array of heart-related issues. Dr. Otaka may recommend an electrocardiogram to look for:

  • Signs of a past heart attack
  • Irregularities in your heart rhythm (arrhythmias)
  • Structural issues in the chambers of your heart
  • Signs of coronary artery disease, such as narrowed or blocked arteries
  • Symptoms of an inadequate supply of blood to your heart
  • Thickening of the heart muscle walls

If heart disease runs in your family, your doctor may suggest an electrocardiogram to screen for signs of the disease, even if you have no symptoms. An EKG also measures how well ongoing heart disease treatments, such as a pacemaker, are working.

What should I expect during an EKG?

An EKG is a painless test that takes only a few minutes. Before the test, you’ll typically need to remove your clothes and wear a hospital gown.

You'll lie on an examining table. Dr. Otaka attaches around 10 electrodes on your chest and sometimes other areas, like your legs and arms. The electrodes are slightly adhesive and stick to your skin. The electrodes measure the direction and magnitude of the electrical currents in your heart during each heartbeat. A wire running from each electrode sends a report of your heart’s activity to a monitor.

Dr. Otaka asks you to lie very still during testing. You may be able to see the electrical activity on a monitor. The activity appears as waves. Your heart activity may also be recorded on a computer.

Dr. Otaka may give you the results of your EKG that day, or at your next appointment.

If heart problems run in your family and you think you’d benefit from an EKG, take a positive step for your heart health. Call or schedule a consultation online with Dean Otaka, MD.