Your Health

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The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) partners with Maryland Public Television (MPT) for a special series called "Your Health," which features UMMS specialists who share their medical expertise with viewers all across Maryland.

UMMS guests appear every other week in a special "Your Health" segment on MPT's program "Direct Connection," airing live Monday nights at 7:30 p.m.

The show takes calls from viewers, so you have the opportunity to speak directly to our experts and get your questions answered.

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New High Blood Pressure Guidelines

Monday, Dec. 4
7:30 p.m. on MPT's Direct Connection "Your Health"

Do you know your blood pressure numbers? A new, comprehensive review of what constitutes high blood pressure changes the definition of hypertension, and could prompt major lifestyle changes for thousands of people who previously were told their blood pressure was normal.

One result of the new definition, high blood pressure is expected to be seen as more widespread than previously thought, tripling among men under age 45 and doubling among women under 45.

Dr. Michael Miller, a preventive cardiologist at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the University of Maryland Medical Center, explains why the guidelines were updated, underscores the importance of controlling blood pressure to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, and explores what treatment options are recommended to control blood pressure and why non-drug therapies top the list.

Submit your questions via Twitter @MPTNews using #yourhealth, or call in during the show. Then watch Direct Connection at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

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University of Maryland Medical Center's Michael MillerDr. Michael Miller

  • Professor of Medicine
  • Director of the Center for Preventive Cardiology, UMMC


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