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RCTs, national patient surveys and qualitative studies evaluating perceived health and cardiac rehabilitation, among patients with heart disease as well as validation of questionnaires, economic analyses and Cochrane reviews.


Main research areas

I was the Principal Investigator of the COPE-ICD trial. I am the project manager and PI for the CopenHeart project along with Dr. Zwisler (, a rehabilitation trial including 1000 patients in 4 RCTs evaluating cardiac rehabilitation in patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), valve disease, endocarditis, atrial fibrillation and sexual dysfunction. At the Heart Centre we initiated an in-hospital rehabilitation program (RCT design) for patients undergoing CABG. Furthermore, we are conducting a RCT testing cognitive behavioral therapy as treatment strategy for anxious patients with ICD.

I am the Principal Investigator of the DenHeart study (, a national multicentre survey with register follow up, including all patients discharged from one of the five heart centres in Denmark (approx. 16.000 patients) from April 2013-14.

Current research

Heart and Mind

The purpose of this project is to explore the relationship between heart and mind. Four work packages cover related yet different angles of the field of psycho-cardiology from a nursing perspective.

Work package 1: Why do anxious cardiac patients have higher mortality rates?

Work package 2: Can nurse-delivered Cognitive Therapy cure anxiety in cardiac patients?

Work package 3: Broken heart syndrome: pathogenesis and health outcomes

Work package 4: How do children cope when a parent suffers from cardiac disease?







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