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Dr. Luke Hermann

Emergency Medicine
New York, NY
26 years experience

Locations

Office

New York, NY

Address

The Mount Sinai Medical Center, One Gustave Levy Place, New York, NY
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About

Bio

Dr. Hermann is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai in NYC. His research and scholarly interests are focused on cardiovascular emergencies and in this area he has published multiple articles (both review and original research). With his wife Tara who is a nurse, Dr. Hermann has also coauthored two books- Baby MedBasics and Toddler MedBasics (2011 Running Press). These guides, designed to help parents and caregivers handle the most common medical emergencies, were written after Tara had to save their son Nicholas from a choking episode as a toddler.

Specialties
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Emergency Medicine

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

133 Answers
29 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Unresponsive: Alcohol poisoning essentially refers to so much alcohol in the system that normal bodily funtcions are disrupted. In this condition a person is usuall... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Unknown cause: Hematidrosis, or sweating blood is a rare condition that has been described in case reports in the literature. It is believed to result from the ruptu... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Imaging studies: Of course it will depend on the mechanism and force involved with the injury as well as your husband's exam but it is likely that he will need imaging... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Absolutely: No patient ever receives a different level of care because they are an organ donor. Period.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
It's not: Heart failure can be the result of many different problems such as heart attacks which weaken the heart muscle, untreated hypertension which can leas ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
No: Certain syndromes such as eds, marfan, and turner predispose to aortic dissection but many other causes exist. A bicuspid aortic valve and recent valv... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Infection: The symptoms you are experiencing (urinary urgency and frequency) are commonly associated with a urinary tract (bladder) infection. The infection caus... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Depends: It depends on location and cause. Aneurysms are at risk for two major complications- rupture and dissection (which can lead to rupture or other proble... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Time: Most cases of bronchitis are caused by viruses and will resolve on their own.
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Swelling & breathing: Advanced heart failure symptoms include difficulty breathing (particularly if lying flat) and swelling (usually of the legs). The difficulty breathing... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Scarring: Scarring of the liver impairs blood flow (the liver acts as a kind of filter to remove toxins from the blood) which can lead to swelling of the legs a... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Depends: Undiagnosed structural heart problems can (very rarely) lead to a cardiac arrest in what appears to be an otherwise healthy person. Certain illegal dr... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Maybe: Any activity that increases blood pressure increases the chance that an aneurysm will rupture. Lifting weights that involves straining should therefor... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
A pregnancy test: The pain associated with an ovarian cyst can be indistinguishable from an ectopic (or tubal)pregnancy. A negative pregnancy test however, effectively ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Degree of danger: Although supraventricular arrhythmias (rhythm disturbances that originate in the atria) may lead to serious health problems over time, they are rarely... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
No: Extremely unlikely. Because SVT causes the heart to beat very fast, patients with underlying heart problems can get into trouble but this is a rare sc... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Yes: The pads from the AED should not be placed directly over the nipple rings but this shouldn't be an issue as typically one pad is placed in the midline... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
No: Vaginal bleeding is one of the common presenting complaints in patients with an ectopic pregnancy. Although this type of bleeding does not represent m... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Chest compressions: During cardiac arrest the heart is no longer able to effectively pump blood to the rest of the body. As a result, the brain does not receive enough ox... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Rest + aspirin: Try to keep them calm- have them lie down. If you have an aspirin, have them chew and swallow it as Aspirin is probably the single most effective way ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Nothing dangerous: If you feel anything, it will likely only be a slight tingle at the time of the shock. Although it is recommended that there be no contact with the vi... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
No: Unlikely. Xanax (alprazolam) and alcohol can have additive sedative effects but a single beer with a single Xanax (alprazolam) is unlikely to cause se... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
No: Particularly if you thin, pulsations in a normal aorta may be visible.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
No: A d-dimer blood test can be used to screen for a tear in the aorta, known as a dissection, but it is not helpful in identifying an aneurysm.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
It depends: With the exception of hypothermia (cold exposure) and certain drowning situations, CPR is successful in less than 25% of cases.
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
A toxicologist: Toxicologists have fellowship training in the area of toxicology which includes common poisonings. The easiest way to access a toxicologist if you thi... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Probably: Chest pain and difficulty breathing are common symptoms of a panic attack. However, for patients with cardiac risk factors (diabetes, high blood press... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
No: Unfortunately, most types of heart failure tend to be a progressive disease. How quickly heart failure progresses depends on the cause and how well it... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Fiber: Fiber should be the first try. If that doesn't give an adequate response i would suggest trying probiotics. If symptoms persist despite these addition... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Depends: A single elevated blood pressure reading is meaningless because blood pressure can go up for a number of reasons including pain and anxiety. Chronical... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Probably fine: She's likely completely fine and not injured in any serious way. Keep an eye on her and seek medical attention if: you see bloody or watery fluid ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Not necessarily: Not necessarily. A fever is usually a sign of infection and infections may be either mild or (less commonly), severe. More important than the presence... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Convulsion: A febrile seizure is a convulsion that occurs as a result of a fever. Most febrile seizures result in the child fainting followed by twitching of the ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Not necessarily: Cardiac caths are used to identify blockages in the arteries that supply blood to the heart. The idea, which makes intuitive sense, is that if a signi... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Many.: Bleeding that doesn't stop despite applying direct pressure for more than 10 minutes. Wounds to the face, neck, hands, or genitals. Any deep puncture ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Probably: Just be aware that ingesting any substance has risks. The risks associated with these meds are well studied and small, but have to be balanced against... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Doesn't matter: Whether a rib is broken or bruised is not a particularly meaningful distinction- both are quite painful and the pain lasts for weeks. An easy way to t... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Severe, abrupt pain: Pain that is abrupt in onset and severe in intensity is the most common symptom with aortic dissection (roughly 90% of cases). Because of the size and... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Yes: Yes. Approximately one-third of children who have a febrile seizure will have another one, usually within one year of the first.
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Yes: If you feel the need to use your inhaler because you feel short of breath then by all means use it. If however, your symptoms are not so severe that y... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Depends on type: Most heart failure is related to one of two things; 1. Ischemic heart disease (i.e. Heart attacks) risk factors for which include diabetes, hypertensi... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Hard to know: Symptoms of a miscarriage- bleeding and pelvic cramping can happen with a normal pregnancy. If you are having symptoms that concern you call your OB o... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Yes: If someone needs cpr, they need it because their heart is not beating effectively. In this situation, without CPR they will die within minutes making ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Labored breathing: Many patients with COPD will have some difficulty breathing, particularly during exertion- this is part of the disease and to be expected. If breathin... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Time = brain: Just as in a heart attack, a stroke occurs when blood flow is blocked in one of the arteries that supplies the brain. The faster the artery is opened ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Arrhythmias: Heart failure (CHF) is typically the result of progressive damage to the heart muscle- healthy muscle is replaced with scar tissue that not only does ... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Depends: If the diagnosis is made early enough, antiviral medication such as Acyclovir or famcyclovir may shorten the duration of symptoms. Unfortunately, shin... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Recurrence: Svt is typically used to describe a type of rapid heart beat that is related to a type of "wiring" problem in the heart. If a patient has more than on... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Yes: Because most so called SVT is the result of an extra piece of "wiring" in the heart, this extra piece of wiring can be ablated (destroyed) which stops... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
No need: In truly emergent situations (such as cardiac arrest requiring cpr) consent is presumed and therefore not necessary. Additionally, good samaritan laws... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Hermann is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Hermann is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you. I must mention that she sweats since she was a baby (she's 5 now) and we make sure that the clothes are apropriate for bed time.
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This made me feel good. Thanks! This made me fell a little better as I was really worried because my dad has it really bad
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Your example of pain onset helped to explain incident suffered by my son

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Creighton University School of Medicine, NE
Graduated 1996MD

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