Seventy percent of acute coronary syndrome deaths occur outside of the hospital. As an accredited chest pain center, AAMC’s heart team needs your help in educating the public on the importance of calling 911 for suspected heart attack symptoms. Please do not let your patients or their family members drive to the Emergency Department. All local EMS have the ability to administer emergency medications and defibrillation if needed. EMS will transmit a 12-lead ECG directly to the hospital Emergency Department. Eighty-five percent of heart damage occurs within the first two hours of a heart attack. Early symptoms include chest pressure, squeezing or discomfort, anxiety, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea, a feeling of fullness, and even back pain.
Jerry Segal, MD, FACC, has been appointed medical director of the AAMC Heart Institute.
Dr. Segal brings more than 20 years of experience in the treatment of cardiovascular disease. He is an innovator in the field of cardiology with more than 25 issued patents for cardiovascular devices and has authored numerous scholarly articles in cardiology. He is board-certified in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology.
A member of the AAMC Medical Staff since 2009, Dr. Segal is a clinical professor of medicine at George Washington University Medical Center. Prior to joining AAMC, he was an attending physician and clinical instructor at Stanford University, held a faculty appointment at Palo Alto VA Medical Center and was an instructor to Stanford interventional cardiology fellows. In 2002, Dr. Segal was director of the cardiac catheterization labs and an associate professor at George Washington University. There, he was an internationally recognized investigator and author in cardiovascular diseases. In 1990, Dr. Segal was an assistant professor of medicine and cardiac catheterization lab director at the University of California, San Francisco General Hospital.
Dr. Segal completed his cardiology fellowship at Stanford University and his interventional cardiology fellowship at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, California. He earned his medical degree at Tufts University in Boston and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Harvard University – Beth Israel Hospital.