I am combining clinical work as a physicianin the department of Cardiology at Danderyd's 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 strokes.
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 cases.
Currently we are starting a new research project screening for atrial fibrillation in patients who have got pulmonary embolism, which is a completely new field.
Academic honours, awards and prizes
President of Cardiolgists of Tomorrow, Sweden, 2015-17
The Swedish Society of Cardiology's research award 2015, 2017