Welcome to Kristina Haugaa's research group:

Cardiac genetic diseases and sudden cardiac death

Kristina H. Haugaa
Group leader

Area of Research:

Risk assessment for Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) and myocardial function


Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is still a challenge in cardiology. Mechanical Dispersion (MD) assessed by myocardial strain from speckle tracking echocardiography can be used to predict risk for SCD in post-MI cases and genetic myocardial diseases. Cardiac genetic diseases predispose to SCD in young individuals. Ongoing research is focusing on predicting life threatening ventricular arrhythmias and exploring cardiac function in patients at risk of SCD. 

Selected projects

Lower than expected burden of premature ventricular contractions impairs myocardial function
Lie OH, Saberniak J, Dejgaard LA, Stokke MK, Hegbom F, Anfinsen O-G, Edvardsen T, Haugaa KH

Vigorous exercise in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
Dejgaard LA , Håland TF , Lie ØH, Ribe M, Bjune T, Leren IS, Berge KE, Edvardsen T, Haugaa KH

Lamin A/C cardiomyopathy: Young onset, high penetrance, and frequent need for heart transplantation
Hasselberg NE, Håland TF, Saberniak J, Brekke PH, Berge KE, Leren TP, Edvardsen T, Haugaa KH

Prognostic Value of Left Ventricular Deformation Parameters in Patients with Severe Aortic Stenosis: A Pilot Study of the Usefulness of Strain Echocardiography
Klaeboe LG, Håland TF, Leren IS, Bekke R, Brekke PH, Røsjø H, Omland T, Gullestad L, Aakhus S, Haugaa KH, Edvardsen T