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 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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Your Health/Maryland Public TV: Why More Young People are Having Heart Attacks 

Monday, April 22, 2019

On Maryland Public Television’s Direct Connection “Your Health” show on Monday, April 22 at 7:00 pm

Despite advances in treatment and technology, coronary heart disease remains the number one killer of Americans in both men and women. There are over 1.5 million heart attacks per year and at least half of patients will die before reaching the hospital, often because when the heart muscle is starved for blood, the heart goes into a dangerous rhythm that leads rapidly to death.

Particularly shocking is the increased rate in heart attacks among young people. According to the American Heart Association, people age 50 and younger have almost twice the risk of premature death after a heart attack — mainly due to high blood pressure, smoking and obesity.
Dr. Vasundhara Muthu, a cardiologist with UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center, will be a guest on Maryland Public Television’s Direct Connection “Your Health” show on Monday night, April 22, at 7 p.m. discussing what young people need to know about heart disease.