Emma Svennberg

Affiliated to research

M.D., Ph.D.
Specialist in Internal Medicine and Cardiology
EHRA board member
Chair EHRA Digital Committee

About me

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 strokes.

Research description

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 to determine if artificial intelligence can be of use to predict heart rhythm disorders and the consequences of heart rhythm disorders.



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


Academic honours, awards and prizes

AF Screen International Collaboration Steering Committee                                                    2021-

European Heart Rhythm Association  (EHRA) Chair digital committee                                  2020-

EHRA Congress Scientific Programme Committee                                                                     2020

European Heart Rhythm Association  (EHRA) Board member m-Health co-ordinator         2018-20

European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Liaison officer Digital Health Committee      2019-

ESC Editorial Board Digital Health E-journal                                                                               2019-

Heart Rhythm Society (HRS)  Digital Health Committee                                                           2019-

President of the Cardiologists of Tomorrow's Swedish branch                                               2015-17

The Swedish Society of Cardiology's research award 2015, 2017