Sunday, July 12, 2020
Home News Coronary Care was Rooted in San Pedro

Coronary Care was Rooted in San Pedro

On Aug. 15, the American Journal of Cardiology published a story entitled, The Evolution of Acute Myocardial Infarction: A Eulogy to the Coronary Care Unit. The story was written by San Pedro’s Dr. Milford Wyman and his son, Dr. R. Michael Wyman. It focuses on the evolution of the treatment of heart attacks and the history of the coronary care unit. It highlights in the elder Wyman’s pioneering work in San Pedro.

Milford Wyman is the first board certified cardiologist in all of the South Bay and Long Beach. He finished his specialty training in cardiology at the University of Southern California in 1959. At that time, there were no board certified cardiologists in San Pedro, Torrance or Long Beach. Back then, most people who became cardiologists, went into practice in the tony neighborhoods of Beverly Hills and west Los Angeles.

Before the advances made from coronary care research in the 1950s, heart attack patients were basically put into a bed and doctors just hoped the patient was alive the next day, Milford Wyman explained.  

Love of the sea, ethnic diversity and opportunity is ultimately what drew Milford Wyman to San Pedro. Through a friend, Milford Wyman learned of a doctor in San Pedro who had suffered a heart attack and was looking for someone to take over his practice while he recovered. It wasn’t as if Milford Wyman couldn’t have started a practice on the westside. His brother, Eugene Wyman, was a prominent lawyer and influential figure in Democratic politics in his time and his sister-in-law is the first woman to become a city councilperson in Los Angeles.

From 1959 to the present, Milford Wyman actively taught cardiology at USC. He became full professor in 1971.

Milford Wyman joined the San Pedro Peninsula Hospital before it was known as Little Company of Mary Hospital or San Pedro Peninsula Hospital. Back then, it was just two buildings built in the 1920s and 30s respectively and was called the San Pedro Hospital. At that time, doctors in San Pedro were only general practitioners with only three internist treating the majority of San Pedro’s residents. There were two general surgeons, a couple of obstetricians, a fairly good pathology department and a good radiology department.

Milford Wyman saw an opportunity to not only conduct a really good practice, but an opportunity to conduct really good research. Wyman credits his strong relationship with the administrators of the hospital for the research he was able to conduct.

As a result, San Pedro Peninsula hospital became the first to establish a coronary care department — a big step forward in treating people who had suffered a heart attack.

“We started that in 1966,” Milford Wyman explained. “And, since I was so involved with the whole area of abnormal heart rhythms,  this was one of the ways to prevent sudden death from a heart attack. That was to prevent ventricular defibrillation, the arrhythmia that occurs right before you die when you have a heart attack. We were the first in the country, if not the world, to start a program to prevent ventricular defibrillation.

“We now have new methods to treat a patient that come in with a heart attack,” Milford Wyman explained. “They don’t go to a coronary care unit, they go straight up to the cauterization lab and the artery that was obstructed is opened up acutely. So the need for a place like a coronary care unit isn’t necessary.”  

Wyman was on the ground floor in bringing coronary care units into existence. Now, his son is bringing in a new phase as an expert in opening up blocked coronary arteries. He is the head of that area at Torrance Memorial Hospital.

“Michael is exceedingly well trained,” the elder Wyman said. “He went to medical school at John Hopkins University … did his cardiology at Harvard and taught two years at the University of Virginia before joining me in 1988.”

The father and son duo worked closely on this history of cardiology.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Most Popular

Summer Al Fresco Dining Coming Soon

By Gretchen Williams, Dining and Cuisine Writer Life is challenging this summer, and the living is getting easier, by...

Random Letters: 7-9-20

Defunding the Police “Defunding” the police is the latest version of the same old, tired, Democrat ploy to rob...

DREAMers Get To Stay for Now

By Sarai Henriqulez, Editorial Intern Anais Franco was just nine years old when she first stepped foot on American...

Viva Pat Carroll!

San Pedro Art Community Loses Great Ally By Ron Linden, Contributor; Andrea Serna, Arts Writer; Melina Paris, Editorial Assistant

Recent Comments

Kevin on Icarus Falls
DAVID J LEE on Think: George Floyd
M Mackey on Think: George Floyd
Michael S. Motta on Think: George Floyd
Thomas "HOUSE" Houchens on Think: George Floyd
Eliath Mena on Think: George Floyd
Deidre Powell on Think: George Floyd
Marcia Ladymgirl on Think: George Floyd
Jennifer L on Think: George Floyd
Carlos Fisher on Think: George Floyd
Jose "cheMMa" Rodriguz on Think: George Floyd
Aniza Thomas on Think: George Floyd
David Seay on Think: George Floyd
Marc LJ on Think: George Floyd
andre edwards on Think: George Floyd
Terelle Jerricks on From Pop Culture to Cop Culture
Sharon Hislop on Think: George Floyd
Fetteroff on Think: George Floyd
Raul Acevedo Jr. on Think: George Floyd
Mel Grayson on Think: George Floyd
Terelle Jerricks on A Virtual World of Events 
Alice r. Knoop on Lung Health Tips for COVID-19
Melina Paris on Take me to Sardine
Joshua E Chambers on Take me to Sardine
Chad Dorchester on Take me to Sardine
Terelle Jerricks on Change Won’t Be Televised
Melina Paris on Take me to Sardine
Melina Paris on Take me to Sardine
Melina Paris on Take me to Sardine
Bob Kohler on About
Judie M Barker on About
Kim Kaufman on Staff
Kim Kaufman on Staff
Vivian Morales on From War to Lowrider
Robin Doyno on Staff
Publisher on About
Joe Stackhouse on Advertise
Marshariki Haylock on A Stabbing in San Pedro
CARRIE MENDOZA on A Stabbing in San Pedro
Martin Palmiere EMC(SW) ret. on Trouble on the Iowa
Martin A.Palmiere EMC(SW) USN(ret.) on Trouble on the Iowa
John H Winkler on Frequently Asked Questions
J. McVey on Staff
Malou Mariano on Tampering and Collusion
Terrell Williams on The New Gap Band Fills The Gap
Alton C . Thompson, Ph. D. on About
Harold Ericsson on Letters to the Editor
Hillbinkel on Trouble on the Iowa
Ian Gordon on KKJZ Leaves CSULB Campus
larry lebedin on KKJZ Leaves CSULB Campus
Joseph Bianco on Frequently Asked Questions
Deborah Steed on Zerby Family Finds Solace
Don Griffin on Rosenberg
Pete on About
Anne Marie Knudsen on Clem Pennington is the Whole Package
Terelle Jerricks on About
Lyn Jensen on Go Retro with Records
Steven R. Heldt on Fig Trees Are Like Democracies
Joanne Sims on Peacocks, Paseo, Politics
Dave Borst-Smith on Peacocks, Paseo, Politics
Charles Traupmann on The Buscaino Report:
james P. Allen on Across the Great Divide
Allyson Vought on Across the Great Divide
PBinLostAngeles on RL NEWS Roundups: June 14, 2016
davehall on Voter Guide
Chris formica Gringos Tacos on Food Truck Blues
Random Lengths News on Iowa Fever
Tinisha Rodrique on IMG_1761
polos fred perry on Less Than a Side Show
cheap soccer jersey on Less Than a Side Show
le mahjong gratuit on The Surrealness of Knives and Breast
Harry and the Gang on Sherlock Holmes at the LB Playhouse
neufert architect s data pdf on IMG_1761
sewing machine reviews on Annie at the Warner Grand