Emma Svennberg

Emma Svennberg

Affiliated to Research | Docent
Visiting address: M 52, Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset Huddinge, 14186 Stockholm
Postal address: H7 Medicin, Huddinge, H7 Hjärt och lungsjukdomar Jensen-Urstad, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • M.D., Ph.D.
    Specialist in Internal Medicine and Cardiology
    EHRA board member
    Chair EHRA Digital Committee
    I am combining clinical work as a physicianin the department of Cardiology at
    Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden, with research in
    arrhythmias. The combination of clinical work and research work ensure that I
    always have the patients' interest at heart in my research work.
    My main resarch interest is in atrial fibrillation, the most common heart
    rhythm disorder world-wide, affection more than 3% of the adult population.
    Atrial fibrillation can unfortunately cause stroke, and patients with atrial
    fibrillation get more severe strokes compared to patients without atrial
    fibrillation. Fortunately, one of the most efficient therapies known in
    medicine is available for patients with atrial fibrillation, which is oral
    anticoagulant medication. Atrial fibrillation is asymptomatic in about 30% of
    patients, hence both patients and doctors might be unaware of the patient
    being at risk of a stroke.
    The research I have been involved in has mainly been screening for atrial
    fibrillation, in order to detect the disease early and try to prevent


  • AF Screen International Collaboration Steering
    Committee 2021-

    European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) - treasurer 2024-

    EP Europace Deputy Editor 2023-
    European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) Chair digital committee 2020-22
    EHRA Congress Scientific Programme Committee 2020 -24
    European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) Board member m-Health
    co-ordinator 2018-20
    European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Liaison officer Digital Health
    Committee 2019-2022

    ESC Editorial Board Digital Health 

  • E-journal
    Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) Digital Health
    President of the Cardiologists of Tomorrow's Swedish
    The Swedish Society of Cardiology's research award 2015, 2017
    Biomedical education, Karolinska Institutet, 1997-1999
    Medical education with research direction, Karolinska Institutet, 1999-2004
    PhD dissertation "Screening for atrial fibrillation in high-risk individuals
    - a stroke preventive effort", 2016
    Research school for clinicians in Epidemiology, Karolinska Institutet, 2014-6
    Teaching and learning in higher education, Karolinska Instiutet, 2018
    Leading research projects, Karolinska Institutet, 2018


  • In the Strokestop 1 &

  • 2 studies we have been screening >
  • 14 000 elderly
    Swedish residents for atrial fibrillation using protable ECG-devices. By
    screening for atrial fibrillation we have detected 3% new atrial fibrillation
    in the screened population. Patients with newly detected atrial fibrillation
    have been given stroke-protective, oral anticoagulation therapy in >
  • 90% of
    Currently we are starting a new research project to determine if artificial
    intelligence can be of use to predict heart rhythm disorders and the
    consequences of heart rhythm disorders.


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  • Affiliated to Research, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet, 2024-2027

Degrees and Education

  • Docent, Karolinska Institutet, 2023
  • Degree Of Doctor Of Philosophy, Department of Clinical Sciences, Danderyd Hospital, Karolinska Institutet, 2016
  • University Medical Degree, Karolinska Institutet, 2004

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