About me

Senior Lecturer at the Department of KI-Sös, Specialist in Internal Medicine and Cardiology, Consultant at the Department of Cardiology, Södersjukhuset.  Main Supervisor to 4 Ph. D. students, co Supervisor to 5 Ph. D. students, Supervised 38 degree projects on the Study Programme in Medicine. 

Research description

Clinical scientist with a broad interest in hypertension, cardiovascular and emergency medicine. A special interest is to study both traditional and new risk factors in different settings, from the emergency department, after diagnosis with stable cardiovascular disease (CVD) during secondary prevention to recurrent disease.  Another special interest is to study the underlying genetics of different manifestations of CVD.

Emergency department epidemiology: Using data from electronic health records, Swedish national health care and/or quality registers I study the impact of both traditional and new risk factors in this special setting.  I study the importance of ED risk factors for outcomes in the short term such as in Family history of coronary artery disease is associated with acute coronary syndrome in 28,188 chest pain patients. Wahrenberg A, Magnusson PK, Discacciati A, Ljung L, Jernberg T, Frick M, et al Eur Heart J Acute Cardiovasc Care 2020;9(7):741-747, as well as for outcomes during long term follow-up such as in Elevated Blood Pressure in the Emergency Department: A Risk Factor for Incident Cardiovascular Disease. Oras P, Häbel H, Skoglund PH, Svensson P Hypertension 2020 01;75(1):229-236 .

Stable CVD: In clinical and register based studies  I study the importance of different risk factors for recurrent cardiovascular events in patients with established CVD in particular in the stable setting after myocardial infarction. Recent examples include studies on the importance of socioeconomic factors:   Association of Socioeconomic Status With Risk Factor Target Achievements and Use of Secondary Prevention After Myocardial Infarction Ohm J, Skoglund Ph, Häbel H, Sundström J, Hambraeus K, Jernberg T, Svensson P JAMA network open 2021;4(3):e211129-  and abdominal obesity Abdominal obesity and the risk of recurrent atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease after myocardial infarction. Mohammadi H, Ohm J, Discacciati A, Sundstrom J, Hambraeus K, Jernberg T, et al Eur J Prev Cardiol 2020 Jan;():2047487319898019  Ongoing projects aim to disentangle the effects of socioeconomic status on recurrent CVD.

Genetics: Using studies within the Swedish Twin Registry in particular the TwinGene study we investigate the relative importance of genes and environment for the association between hypertension and other traits of the metabolic syndrome and chronic kidney disease Genetic and Environmental Influences on the Correlations between Traits of Metabolic Syndrome and CKD. Chen X, Bhuiyan I, Kuja-Halkola R, Magnusson PKE, Svensson P Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 2019 11;14(11):1590-1596 .  I participate in international collaborations such as the HERMES consortium on genetics of heart failure and CKDGen consortium on genetics of CKD. Using Swedish national health care registers I also perform family studies in order to study the importance of a family history of coronary artery disease in different settings.

Teaching portfolio

Coordinator and examiner in the course Degree project in Medicine, Study program in Medicine since 2011

Director of studies. Medical diagnostics KS Solna 2017-18

Supervised 38 degree projects on the Study program in Medicine most of which have presented results at international meetings and/or published papers and 4 of which have been awarded best degree projects.

Research school director. KI-SÖS clinical research school/Research School in General Science for Clinicians from 2019-21

Research school director: KI/Region Stockholm research school in Clinical Therapy Research 2021-