Dr. Luke Hermann

Emergency Medicine
New York, NY
27 years experience

Locations

Office

New York, NY

Address

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

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
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Emergency Medicine

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

133 Answers
29 Agrees
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Yes: In fact, an unexplained rapid heart rate may be one of the primary clues that a pulmonary embolus exists.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
No: Heart attacks are caused by a blockage in one of the arteries that supplies blood to the heart. Usually this is caused by a clot that forms inside the... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
? warning sign: Many patients experience vague chest pain with SVT however any symptom that may represent cardiac ischemia (angina) should be evaluated. Think about i... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
As much as possible: Exercise is particularly beneficial for the heart and for patients with heart failure regular exercise will help to strengthen and improve overall fun... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
No: Drowning occurs when water enters the lungs and is not related to how much you drink. Drinking too much water can however, result in other problems.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
No: Alcohol "poisoning" refers to drinking so much alcohol (or enough alcohol too quickly) that the person becomes unconscious / unresponsive.
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Stiff heart muscle: Congestive heart failure can be divided into systolic and diastolic types. Systolic heart failure means the heart doesn't pump well enough because the... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Blocked artery: Heart attacks are almost always caused by a blockage in one of the arteries that supplies the heart. This stops the flow of blood (and oxygen) to that... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Possibly: It's possible but many things can cause these symptoms. To check for arrhythmias, feel the pulse when symptoms are present- is it regular? Fast (well ... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
No: In fact many patients take antidepressants without seeing a therapist but studies do demonstrate that a combination of medication and therapy is more ... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
No: Most heart failure in the United States is the result damage done to the heart by ischemic events (heart attacks). Another common cause is uncontrolle... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
1-2 minutes: Most febrile seizures last less than 1-2 minutes, though your child will likely appear confused for some time after.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
You can't.: You really can't. Because electricity can be conducted through the body, significant internal injury may occur even with what appear to be small burns... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Yes: Psychiatrists are the medical doctors who specialize in phobias. Don't worry, they are not like other doctors, they're tools are conversation (not blo... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Yes: Jaw pain is frequently experienced when a blockage in one of the arteries of the heart prevents adequate blood (and oxygen) flow to the heart, particu... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Depends: It depends on what caused the cirrhosis but all patients with a severely damaged liver are at increased risk to develop liver cancer- roughly 2% chanc... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Almost certainly: During a yawn the chest wall expands which stretches many of the muscles connected to the chest wall. If these muscles are irritated or strained (part... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Not at all.: If the issue is a primary lung problem, it is more likely that the most notable symptom would be feeling short of breath, not pain in the chest and ar... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Firm pressure.: Simply applying firm pressure to the site of bleeding will almost always cause it to stop. Direct pressure slows the flow of blood and allows time for... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Yes: Pulmonary embolism is the most serious consequence of a deep vein thrombosis but is an uncommon occurrence.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Hard!: As the aha guidelines state- push hard, push fast. It takes a significant amount of compression to help the heart pump blood- you are trying to compre... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Yes: Yes. Untreated peritonitis is fatal.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Ibuprofen: Ibuprofen and other "nsaids" (i.e. Naproxen) have strong anti-inflammatory properties and therefore are likely more effective at treating the pain rel... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Yes: An occaisional beer should not be an issue for patients taking coumadin (warfarin). Excessive alcohol consumption, which can lead to bleeding in the s... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Yes: CPR should be performed on anyone who is not breathing and does not have a pulse (cardiac arrest). Cardiac arrest can occur after a lightning strike b... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Depends: Without oxygen from a beating heart, brain damage begins in roughly 4 minutes. But if chest compressions are begun immediately after the heart stops b... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Fluid retention: Because the heart doesn't pump blood well enough when it is "failing", fluid tends to back up in the legs and lungs. This can cause weight gain and di... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Depends on location: The aorta is a long blood vessel that attaches to the heart, extends through the chest and into the abdomen. Aneurysms, or dilatation of the vessel ca... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
It depends: Both Plavix and Coumadin (warfarin) "thin" the blood but do so via different mechanisms and degrees. The choice of one medication over another depends... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Antihistamines: Hives are a result of an allergic reaction. If you know what you are allergic to, the first step is to avoid further contact with that substance. Anti... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Immobilization: If you suspect someone has suffered a spinal injury, keep them from moving (particularly any head or neck movements) until the ambulance arrives.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Until help arrives: If you (or someone else) has called 911, continue CPR until the ambulance arrives. If you are somewhere that is inaccessible to an ambulance, continue... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Yes: It is safe to give mouth to mouth respirations to healthy and not so healthy people. Very few (if any) infections could be transmitted by mouth to mou... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
No: If you can feel a pulse, no matter how faint, you should not perform cpr. If a pulse is present, the heart is still providing blood flow to vital orga... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
No: Lifting weights responsibly has many benefits. Aortic aneurysms form for many different reasons but recreational weight lifting is not among them.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
No: Heart attacks are typically a result of platelets sticking together and blocking an artery in the heart. Aspirin blocks the platelets ability to stick... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
No: The most important predictor of success when using an AED is how quickly (after cardiac arrest) the shock is delivered. When placed appropiately, the ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
You can't.: Each of us has to take responsibility for our health related decisions. No one can be forced to make the.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Depends: Bleeding after intercourse can be the result of healthy vigorous sex or because an infection makes tissue more friable (likely to bleed). If this is a... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Depends: Blood clots can form in a number of different scenarios- when blood vessels break from direct trauma clotted blood is what you see as a.
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Pigmentation changes: Pigmentation changes often occur during pregnancy due to hormonal shifts. Commonly affecting the face and neck, these areas of hyper pigmented or dark... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Stress: Although the source of teeth grinding is not clearly defined, usually it is believed to be related to stress. If the mouth guard you are using doen't ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Of course: Part of emergency medicine is being prepared to take care of every patient who doesn't have access to another physician. Although most emergency physi... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Imaging study: Either identifying or ruling out aortic dissection requires an advanced imaging study. Most commonly this is a ct scan with contrast. A chest x-ray is... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 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
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
No: Vomiting after drinking alcohol can be related to number of different causes- most commonly either drinking too much or too fast. Alcohol poisoning re... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 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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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
No: Although there is always a risk that blood clots that form in the legs will break off and travel to the lungs, this is uncommon and even when it happe... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Blocked blood vessel: A bypass surgery basically provides new plumbing for the heart, adding new pipes to carry blood because the old pipes are blocked. Unfortunately, the ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Yes: The same organisms that cause pid in women can cause make genital infections including urethritis (inflammation of the tube that drains urine from the... 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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