Erik Hedström

Erik Hedström

MD, PhD, Affiliated with the university

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My main research focus is to improve understanding of fetal cardiovascular pathophysiology and the life-long consequences of the in-utero environment on the cardiovascular system; and to improve understanding of cardiovascular physiology of the pregnant woman’s heart, both during and after normal pregnancy and after complicated pregnancy. This includes studies using dedicated cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) to assess fetuses with fetal growth restriction, with fetal cardiovascular malformations, and pregnant women. We have already changed clinical routine and improved prenatal diagnosis of cardiovascular malformations and continue to further investigate fetal pathophysiology anxd biomarkers to determine fetal cardiovascular alterations that cannot be visualised using standard imaging. For pregnant women, cardiac pumping physiology is incompletely understood. Nevertheless, this understanding is crucial to understand complicated pregnancies affecting the maternal cardiovascular system, to find biomarkers, and ultimately improve outcome in complicated pregnancies. We therefore apply validated methods of cardiac pumping that have never before been used in studies of the pregnant woman’s heart.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

UKÄ subject classification

  • Physiology
  • Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems
  • Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging
  • Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Clinical Medicine


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