Leader of this group:

Prof. Dr.med. Gottfried Greve


The cardiology group is mainly focusing on haemodynamic changes during exercise in children and adolescents; normal and with congenital heart defects. We are also evaluating myocardial function and perfusion by MRI and echocardiography both in the foetal heart just before and after birth and in selected groups of patients with congenital heart defects like tetralogy of Fallot, transposition of the great arteries and coarctation of the aorta. Ongoing studies often include evaluation of endothelial function measured by ischaemic induced hyperperfusion in brachial artery and intima thickness in the carotid arteries.

Members of the group have a wide range of collaboration especially in epidemiological studies in the prevalence of congenital heart disease, recurrence risk, and risk factors for congenital heart defects. We have been one of the main participants in the REDUCE study on closure of persistent foramen ovale in patients with cryptogenic cerebral strokes, and are collaborating in a studies of oral health in children with congenital heart defects, and cardiac risk factors in persons born prematurely. We are also participating in the Nordic study of patients operated with atrial switch (a.m. Senning and Mustard) for transposition of the great arteries.

We also have a tradition with evaluation of clinical procedures and methods at the present of blood pressure measurements in children.

Members of the Cardio group are:

Prof. Dr. Med. Ansgar Berg

MD, PhD Asle Hirt

RN Erlend B Johnsen

MD, PhD Elisabeth Leirgul

MD Tom Omdal

MD Britt Engan

MD Britt Engan

MD, PhD Kristoffer Brodwall

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