The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) has partnered with Maryland Public Television (MPT) for a special series called "Your Health," featuring UMMS specialists who will share their medical expertise with viewers all across the state of Maryland.
UMMS guests will 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.
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February 15, 2016
Coffee Lovers Beware
A new study suggests people can drink as much coffee as they want. The study looked at long-term caffeine consumption and concluded that chronic coffee drinking does not put people at risk of disturbances in cardiac rhythm or other side effects such as high blood pressure.
However, veteran cardiologist Dr. Stephen Pollock of University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center disagrees. According to Dr. Pollock, the answer lies in the study itself. The differential is in how the study defines caffeine consumption, which is based on old styles and amounts of coffee drinking (think a 4 ounce cup at a diner) compared to today’s habits, such as ordering a “grande” at your neighborhood coffee shop.
February is American Heart Month, and in addition to discussing caffeine consumption and cardiac health, Dr. Pollock will also share heart healthy tips, and advice on who should be screened for heart abnormalities, when these screenings should occur, the types of tests recommended, and when specialized heart interventions are necessary.
Do you have a question about heart health? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on Monday, February 15 at 7:30 pm to see if we use your question on the show.
Stephen H. Pollock, MD
University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center