Staffan Ahnve

Karolinska Institutet, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden

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    ABSTRACT: Background: We analyzed the association between light-to-moderate alcohol intake and the risk of heart failure (HF). Methods and results: We studied 60,665 individuals free of HF who provided information on alcohol consumption in a population-based cohort study conducted in 1995-97 in Norway. Sociodemographic factors, cardiovascular risk factors and common chronic disorders were assessed by questionnaires and/or by a clinical examination. The cohort was followed for a first HF event for an average of 11.2±3.0years. Mean alcohol consumption was 2.95±4.5g/day; 1588 HF cases occurred during follow-up. The quantity of alcohol consumption was inversely associated with incident HF in this low-drinking population. The risk was lowest for consumption over three but less than six drinks/week; the multivariate hazard ratio when comparing this category to non-drinkers was 0.67 (95% CI: 0.50-0.92). Among problem drinkers based on CAGE questionnaires, total consumption showed no favorable association with HF, even when overall consumption was otherwise moderate. Excluding former drinkers and controlling for common chronic diseases had minimal effect on these associations. Frequent alcohol consumption, i.e. more than five times/month, was associated with the lowest HF risk; the adjusted hazard ratio comparing this group to alcohol intake less than once/month was 0.83 (95% CI: 0.68-1.03). We found no evidence for a differential effect according to beverage type, nor that the competing risks of death from other causes modified the association. Conclusions: Frequent light-to-moderate alcohol consumption without problem drinking was associated with a lower HF risk in this population characterized by a low average alcohol intake.
    Full-text · Article · Oct 2015 · International journal of cardiology
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    ABSTRACT: AimsCompelling evidence suggests that light-to-moderate alcohol consumption is associated with a reduced risk of acute myocardial infarction (AMI), but several issues from previous studies remain to be addressed. The aim of this study was to investigate some of these key issues related to the association between alcohol consumption and AMI risk, including the strength and shape of the association in a low-drinking setting, the roles of quantity, frequency and beverage type, the importance of confounding by medical and psychiatric conditions, and the lack of prospective data on previous drinking.MethodsA population-based prospective cohort study of 58 827 community-dwelling individuals followed for 11.6 years was conducted. We assessed the quantity and frequency of consumption of beer, wine and spirits at baseline in 1995–1997 and the frequency of alcohol intake approximately 10 years earlier.ResultsA total of 2966 study participants had an AMI during the follow-up period. Light-to-moderate alcohol consumption was inversely and linearly associated with AMI risk. After adjusting for major cardiovascular disease risk factors, the hazard ratio for a one-drink increment in daily consumption was 0.72 (95% confidence interval 0.62–0.86). Accounting for former drinking or comorbidities had almost no effect on the association. Frequency of alcohol consumption was more strongly associated with lower AMI risk than overall quantity consumed.Conclusions Light-to-moderate alcohol consumption was linearly associated with a decreased risk of AMI in a population in which abstaining from alcohol is not socially stigmatized. Our results suggest that frequent alcohol consumption is most cardioprotective and that this association is not driven by misclassification of former drinkers.
    Full-text · Article · Sep 2015 · Journal of Internal Medicine
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    ABSTRACT: Acute kidney injury (AKI) after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is associated with early mortality. Its impact on the risk of myocardial infarction (MI) over time and long-term mortality has not been well described. We performed a nationwide population-based cohort study in 27,929 patients who underwent a first isolated CABG between 2000 and 2008 in Sweden. Acute kidney injury was divided into three categories based on the absolute increase in postoperative serum creatinine (sCr) concentration compared with the preoperative baseline: stage 1, sCr increase of 0.3 to 0.5mg/dL; stage 2, sCr increase of >0.5 to 1.0mg/dL and stage 3, sCr increase of ≥1.0mg/dL. The overall incidence of postoperative AKI was 13%, 6.3% met the criterion for stage 1, 4.3% for stage 2 and 2.3% for stage 3. During a mean follow-up of 5.0years, there were 2119 (7.6%) MIs and 4679 (17%) deaths. Multivariable adjusted hazard ratios with 95% confidence intervals for MI were 1.35 (1.15 to 1.57), 1.80 (1.53 to 2.13) and 1.63 (1.29 to 2.07), in AKI stages 1, 2 and 3, respectively. The corresponding hazard ratios for all-cause mortality were 1.30 (1.17 to 1.44), 1.65 (1.48 to 1.83) and 2.68 (2.37 to 3.03), respectively. Our results show that AKI after CABG is associated with an increased long-term risk of MI and death.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2014 · International journal of cardiology
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    ABSTRACT: Daylight saving time shifts can be looked upon as large-scale natural experiments to study the effects of acute minor sleep deprivation and circadian rhythm disturbances. Limited evidence suggests that these shifts have a short-term influence on the risk of acute myocardial infarction (AMI), but confirmation of this finding and its variation in magnitude between individuals is not clear. To identify AMI incidence on specific dates, we used the Register of Information and Knowledge about Swedish Heart Intensive Care Admission, a national register of coronary care unit admissions in Sweden. We compared AMI incidence on the first seven days after the transition with mean incidence during control periods. To assess effect modification, we calculated the incidence ratios in strata defined by patient characteristics. Overall, we found an elevated incidence ratio of 1.039 (95% confidence interval, 1.003-1.075) for the first week after the spring clock shift forward. The higher risk tended to be more pronounced among individuals taking cardiac medications and having low cholesterol and triglycerides. There was no statistically significant change in AMI incidence following the autumn shift. Patients with hyperlipidemia and those taking statins and calcium-channel blockers tended to have a lower incidence than expected. Smokers did not ever have a higher incidence. Our data suggest that even modest sleep deprivation and disturbances in the sleep-wake cycle might increase the risk of AMI across the population. Confirmation of subgroups at higher risk may suggest preventative strategies to mitigate this risk.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2012 · Sleep Medicine
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the prognostic importance of acute kidney injury on early mortality, postoperative stroke, and mediastinitis in patients undergoing a first isolated coronary artery bypass grafting. 7594 patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting with information on pre- and postoperative serum-creatinine values were included. Patients were classified using the Acute Kidney Injury Network classification. Odds ratios (OR) for mortality and postoperative complications within 60 days of surgery were calculated after adjustment for confounders separately for stage 1 and for stages 2 and 3 together. 1047 (14%) patients developed acute kidney injury. There were 132 (1.7%) deaths, 103 (1.4%) strokes and 118 (1.6%) cases of mediastinitis during follow-up. Among patients in stage 1 the adjusted odds ratio for death was 4.36 (95% confidence interval 2.83-6.71) and for stage 2 plus 3; 21.5 (12.0-38.6) compared to patients without acute kidney injury. Corresponding OR for stroke were 2.34 (1.43-3.82) and 6.52 (2.97-14.3) and for mediastinitis 2.88 (1.84-4.50) and 4.68 (2.07-10.6), respectively. Acute kidney injury following coronary artery bypass grafting is related to postoperative mortality, stroke, and mediastinitis. Patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting should be assessed for presence of acute kidney injury postoperatively, in order to predict early prognosis.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2012 · Scandinavian cardiovascular journal: SCJ
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    ABSTRACT: Results of previous studies on tea consumption and incidence or prognosis of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) are conflicting. The aim of the present study was to examine the potential role of tea consumption in the previous 12 months in primary and secondary prevention of AMI. We studied a total of 1340 individuals with a first non-fatal AMI and 2303 frequency matched control participants on age, gender and hospital catchment area including querying their tea consumption over the previous 12 months. The cohort of AMI cases was then followed for total and cardiac mortality and for non-fatal cardiovascular events with national registers over 8 years. Estimates of relative risks for a first AMI were based on odds ratios from unconditional logistic regression and Cox proportional hazards models were used to examine the prognostic importance of tea consumption in the cohort of cases. The prevalence of daily tea consumption was 20.5% among cases and 21.5% among controls. Tea consumption was associated with a lower risk for a first AMI with adjustment for matching criteria alone, with an odds ratio of 0.78 (95% confidence interval, 0.64-0.95) comparing those who consumed tea daily to those never consuming tea. However, in multivariable adjusted model there was no evidence for an association, the corresponding odds ratio was 1.08(0.86-1.36). There was also no association between tea consumption and cardiac mortality and non-fatal cardiovascular events, with a corresponding adjusted hazard ratio of 0.99(0.77-1.27). In this epidemiological study, greater tea consumption in the previous year was associated with a lower risk of AMI. However, a clear association between tea consumption and the incidence or prognosis of AMI was not demonstrated, probably because of tea drinkers having a healthier lifestyle.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2011 · Clinical nutrition (Edinburgh, Scotland)
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    ABSTRACT: Although inflammation contributes to cardiovascular disease, the associations of appendectomy and tonsillectomy, which remove mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue, with risk of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) are unknown. Our aim was to assess the association between these operations performed in childhood and AMI risk later in life. We conducted a prospective matched cohort study among all Swedish residents born between 1955 and 1970. A national register identified all appendectomies and tonsillectomies. For each patient undergoing appendectomy or tonsillectomy, we randomly selected five controls without the history of the respective operation, matched on sex, age, and county of residence. Participants were followed for fatal and non-fatal AMI for an average of 23.5 years. Because appendiceal and tonsillar tissues have reduced function after adolescence, our primary analyses were restricted to individuals below age 20 at the time of surgery (54 449 appendectomies and 27 284 tonsillectomies). We derived hazard ratios (HRs) from proportional hazard models adjusted for parental occupation and parental history of AMI. Operations before 20 years of age were associated with an increased risk for AMI (417 and 216 events in the appendectomy and tonsillectomy datasets, respectively), with adjusted HRs of 1.33 [95% confidence interval (CI), 1.05-1.70] for appendectomy and 1.44 (95% CI, 1.04-2.01) for tonsillectomy. This association was graded, with the highest risk among those undergoing both procedures, and generally similar among both males and females. Appendectomy and tonsillectomy performed at or above 20 years of age were not associated with the risk of AMI. We found a higher risk of AMI related to surgical removal of the tonsils and appendix before age 20. These results are consistent with the hypothesis that subtle alterations in immune function following these operations may alter the subsequent cardiovascular risk, but further studies are needed to confirm these findings and to explore possible mechanisms.
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to investigate the long-term cardiac effects of depression and anxiety assessed at a young age, when reverse causation is not feasible. Most prospective studies found a relatively strong association between depression and subsequent coronary heart disease (CHD). However, almost exclusively, only middle-age or older participants were examined, and subclinical atherosclerosis might contribute to the observed association. The prospective association between anxiety and CHD was less evident in previous studies and has been subjected to similar methodological concerns on the possibility for a reverse causation. In a nationwide survey, 49,321 young Swedish men, 18 to 20 years of age, were medically examined for military service in 1969 and 1970. All the conscripts were seen by a psychologist for a structured interview. Conscripts reporting or presenting any psychiatric symptoms were seen by psychiatrists. Depression and anxiety was diagnosed according to International Classification of Diseases-8th Revision (ICD-8). Data on well-established CHD risk factors and potential confounders were also collected (i.e., anthropometrics, diabetes, blood pressure, smoking, alcohol consumption, physical activity, socioeconomic position, family history of CHD, and geographic area). Participants were followed for CHD and for acute myocardial infarction for 37 years. Multiadjusted hazard ratios associated with depression were 1.04 (95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.70 to 1.54), 1.03 (95% CI: 0.65 to 1.65), for CHD and for acute myocardial infarction, respectively. The corresponding multiadjusted hazard ratios for anxiety were 2.17 (95% CI: 1.28 to 3.67) and 2.51 (95% CI: 1.38 to 4.55). In men, aged 18 to 20 years, anxiety as diagnosed by experts according to ICD-8 criteria independently predicted subsequent CHD events. In contrast, we found no support for such an effect concerning early-onset depression in men.
    Preview · Article · Jun 2010 · Journal of the American College of Cardiology
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    ABSTRACT: Studies investigating the prognostic role of job stress in coronary heart disease are sparse and have inconclusive findings. We aimed (i) to investigate whether job strain predicts recurrent events after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and if so (ii) to determine behavioural and biological factors that contribute to the explanation of this association. Prospective study. Ten emergency hospitals in the larger Stockholm area, Sweden. Non-fatal AMI cases from the Stockholm Heart Epidemiology Program case-control study who were employed and younger than 65 years at the time of their hospitalization (n = 676). During the 8.5 year follow-up, 155 patients experienced cardiac death or non-fatal AMI; totally 96 patients died, 52 of cardiac causes. After adjustment for potential confounders, patients with high job strain had an increased risk for the combination of cardiac death and non-fatal AMI relative to those with low job strain, the hazard ratio (HR) and the 95% confidence interval (CI) being 1.73 (1.06-2.83). Results were similar for cardiac [HR (95% CI): 2.81 (1.16-6.82)] and total mortality [HR (95% CI): 1.65 (0.91-2.98)]. We found no evidence for mediation from lifestyle, sleep, lipids, glucose, inflammatory and coagulation markers on the association between job strain and the combination of cardiac death and non-fatal AMI. Job strain was associated with poor long-term prognosis after a first myocardial infarction. Interventions focusing on reducing stressors at the workplace or on improving coping with work stress in cardiac patients might improve their survival post-AMI.
    Full-text · Article · Nov 2009 · Journal of Internal Medicine
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    ABSTRACT: To assess the long-term effects of chocolate consumption amongst patients with established coronary heart disease. In a population-based inception cohort study, we followed 1169 non-diabetic patients hospitalized with a confirmed first acute myocardial infarction (AMI) between 1992 and 1994 in Stockholm County, Sweden, as part of the Stockholm Heart Epidemiology Program. Participants self-reported usual chocolate consumption over the preceding 12 months with a standardized questionnaire distributed during hospitalization and underwent a health examination 3 months after discharge. Participants were followed for hospitalizations and mortality with national registries for 8 years. Chocolate consumption had a strong inverse association with cardiac mortality. When compared with those never eating chocolate, the multivariable-adjusted hazard ratios were 0.73 (95% confidence interval, 0.41-1.31), 0.56 (0.32-0.99) and 0.34 (0.17-0.70) for those consuming chocolate less than once per month, up to once per week and twice or more per week respectively. Chocolate consumption generally had an inverse but weak association with total mortality and nonfatal outcomes. In contrast, intake of other sweets was not associated with cardiac or total mortality. Chocolate consumption was associated with lower cardiac mortality in a dose dependent manner in patients free of diabetes surviving their first AMI. Although our findings support increasing evidence that chocolate is a rich source of beneficial bioactive compounds, confirmation of this strong inverse relationship from other observational studies or large-scale, long-term, controlled randomized trials is needed.
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    ABSTRACT: The association of epilepsy with risk of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) remains uncertain, and its association with myocardial infarction prognosis has not been evaluated. In this study, we performed a population-based case-control study that included 1799 cases with first AMI and 2339 controls, frequency matched by age, sex and hospital catchment area. A history of epilepsy was identified using the Swedish hospital discharge registry. Information on lifestyle and biomarkers was determined from questionnaires and standardized clinic examinations. The cohort of cases was followed for 8 years to evaluate the relationship between epilepsy and post AMI prognosis. A diagnosis of epilepsy was associated with higher risk of incident AMI, with an odds ratio (OR) of 4.92 [95% confidence interval (CI) 2.34-10.31] after adjustment for age, gender, hospital catchment area, and education. There was a graded positive relation between number of hospitalizations for epilepsy and risk of AMI. Adjustment for smoking and levels of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA)/plasminogen activator inhibitor 1 (PAI-1) complex, von Willebrand factor and homocysteine weakened, and adjustment for high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and fibrinogen strengthened, the relationship between epilepsy and AMI. The OR for epilepsy was 4.83 (95% CI 1.62-14.43) when age, gender, hospital catchment area, education and established, clinically relevant AMI risk factors, i.e. diabetes mellitus, smoking, hypertension, physical activity, obesity, high-density lipoprotein, total cholesterol and alcohol consumption were simultaneously controlled for. Epilepsy was also associated with AMI prognosis. Multivariable adjusted hazard ratios for total and cardiac mortality and for a combined outcome of cardiac death and non-fatal reinfarction, heart failure and stroke during follow up, were 1.95 (0.70-5.43), 3.49 (1.05-11.65) and 2.39 (1.16-4.90), respectively. We conclude that epilepsy might be a risk and an adverse prognostic factor for AMI. Smoking and increase in the level of homocysteine, tPA/PAI-1 complex and von Willebrand factor are candidate mechanisms linking epilepsy to increased AMI risk. Physicians should be aware of the potential cardiovascular implications of epilepsy.
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    ABSTRACT: Cohort studies have suggested little effect of coffee consumption on risk of acute myocardial infarction. The effect of coffee consumption on prognosis after myocardial infarction is uncertain. In a population-based inception cohort study, we followed 1,369 patients hospitalized with a confirmed first acute myocardial infarction between 1992 and 1994 in Stockholm County, Sweden, as part of the Stockholm Heart Epidemiology Program. Participants reported usual coffee consumption over the preceding year with a standardized questionnaire distributed during hospitalization and underwent a health examination 3 months after discharge. Participants were followed for hospitalizations and mortality with national registers through November 2001. A total of 289 patients died during follow-up. Compared with intake of <1 cup per day, coffee consumption was inversely associated with mortality, with multivariable-adjusted hazard ratios of 0.68 (95% confidence interval [CI] 0.45-1.02) for 1 to <3 cups, 0.56 (95% CI 0.37-0.85) for 3 to <5 cups, 0.52 (95% CI 0.34-0.83) for 5 to <7 cups, and 0.58 (95% CI 0.34-0.98) for > or =7 cups per day (P trend .06). Coffee intake was not associated with hospitalization for congestive heart failure or stroke. Candidate lipid and inflammatory biomarkers did not appear to account for the observed inverse association with mortality. Self-reported coffee consumption at the time of hospitalization for myocardial infarction was inversely associated with subsequent postinfarction mortality in this population with broad coffee intake. If confirmed in other settings, identification of relevant mechanisms could lead to an improved prognosis for survivors of acute myocardial infarction.
    Full-text · Article · Mar 2009 · American heart journal
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    ABSTRACT: Psychosocial stress may play a causative role in development and progression of coronary artery disease (CAD). We investigated the effects of a 1-year stress management program on daily stress behavior and social support among female CAD patients. Women, 247 (<or=75 years), hospitalized for a cardiac event were randomized to either a control or an intervention group. Controls obtained usual health care; intervention patients participated in 20 2-h group sessions of stress management therapy and obtained health care by a cardiologist. Measurements were at baseline, 10 weeks (after ten sessions), 1-year (end of intervention), and at a 1- to 2-year follow-up. Daily stress scores for the intervention and control groups were at baseline 39.5 +/- 8.1 vs. 37.2 +/- 9.1 (p = 0.06), 10 weeks 37.2 +/- 8.0 vs. 35.5 +/- 9.4 (p = 0.20), 1-year 36.1 +/- 7.2 vs. 35.9 +/- 8.5 (p = 0.85), and at 1-2 year follow-up 34.0 +/- 7.8 vs. 35.3 +/- 8.7 (p = 0.32), respectively. Intention to treat analyses showed interaction between treatment and time [F(3,213) = 2.72; p = 0.01] reflecting that the decrease was more pronounced in the intervention group. There was no evidence for a difference in change concerning social support. CAD women in the intervention group had a more pronounced reduction of self-rated daily stress behavior over time compared to controls. However, as the intervention group had higher baseline values, due to regression toward the mean, we have no evidence that the difference in decrease of daily stress was due to the intervention.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2009 · International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
  • Krisztina D László · Imre Janszky · Staffan Ahnve
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    ABSTRACT: Suggestive evidence supports that anger is associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. However, the knowledge regarding the impact of anger on prognosis after a coronary event, especially among women is limited. We investigated whether anger expression increases the risk of recurrent events in women with coronary heart disease (CHD). Women (n=203) hospitalized for an acute cardiac event were assessed for the four scales of the Framingham Anger Questionnaire, demographic, biomedical and lifestyle factors and were followed for 6.4+/-1 years for total mortality and the combination of cardiovascular death and non-fatal acute myocardial infarction (AMI). After adjustment for confounders such as age, inclusion diagnosis and smoking in the proportional hazard models the tendency to suppress angry feelings was associated with the combination of cardiac death and recurrent AMI (hazard ratio (HR): 1.19, 95% confidence interval (CI): 0.99-1.42) and with all-cause mortality (HR:1.29, 95% CI: 1.03-1.60). Each unit increase in the outward expression of anger increased by 42% the risk for cardiac death or a new AMI (95% CI: 1.01-2.00). Among the potential biological mediators only inflammatory markers attenuated somewhat the relationship. Anger symptoms and discussion of anger were not related to prognosis. The outward expression and the suppression of anger seem to be associated with prognosis in women with CHD. Future studies need to confirm these findings and to test whether behavioural intervention programs aiming to reduce detrimental anger behaviour in women can influence CHD prognosis.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2008 · International journal of cardiology
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    Krisztina D László · Imre Janszky · Staffan Ahnve
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    ABSTRACT: Strong evidence supports the existence of a social gradient in poor prognosis in patients with coronary heart disease (CHD). However, knowledge regarding what factors may explain this relationship is limited. We aimed to analyze in women CHD patients the association between personal income and recurrent events and to determine whether lifestyle, biological and psychosocial factors contribute to the explanation of this relationship. Altogether 188 women hospitalized for a cardiac event were assessed for personal income, demographic factors, lipids, inflammatory markers, cortisol, creatinine, lifestyle and psychosocial factors, i.e. alcohol consumption, smoking habits, body-mass index, depressive symptoms, anxiety, vital exhaustion, availability of social interaction, hostility and anger-related characteristics and were followed for cardiovascular death and recurrent acute myocardial infarction (AMI). During the 6-year follow-up 18 patients deceased and 31 experienced cardiovascular death or non-fatal AMI. After adjustment for confounders, patients with medium and high income had lower risk for recurrent events relative to those with low income (HR (95% CI): 0.38 (0.15-0.97) and 0.39 (0.17-0.93), respectively). Controlling for smoking reduced by 12.8% the risk for recurrent events associated with high versus low income, while adjusting for depression decreased the risk for middle versus low income by 13.5%. Anger symptoms explained 16.7% of the risk for recurrent events associated with middle versus low income and 10.2% of the risk for high versus low income. We suggest that in women with CHD low income is associated with recurrent events and that smoking, depressive symptomatology and anger symptoms may contribute to the explanation of this relationship.
    Preview · Article · Oct 2008 · European Journal of Epidemiology
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    Full-text · Article · Sep 2008 · European Heart Journal
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    ABSTRACT: Although a number of epidemiological studies have found an association between socioeconomic status (SES) indices such as income and education and coronary morbidity and mortality, few have looked at health consequences arising from actually experiencing financial shortcomings. The objective of the present study was to examine whether financial strain predicts recurrent coronary artery disease (CAD) events among women with established CAD. Two hundred two women (mean age 62+/-9 years) hospitalized for an acute coronary event were followed over a period of 3.5 years. Demographic, socioeconomic, lifestyle-related, psychosocial and biological characteristics were obtained by means of questionnaires and clinical examination. Data on recurrent cardiac events were collected from the Swedish discharge and death registers. Women experiencing financial strain over the past year had an increased risk for recurrent events, i.e. the combination of all-cause mortality, new acute myocardial infarction and unstable angina pectoris during the follow-up with an unadjusted hazard ratio (HR) of 3.2 (95% CI 1.6-6.6), and a HR of 2.76 (95% CI 1.02-7.50) after controlling for education, household income, age, cohabiting status, inclusion diagnosis and rehabilitation therapy. Adjustment for potential mediators, i.e. psychosocial factors, lipids, diabetes mellitus, smoking, body-mass index, blood pressure, physical activity, alcohol consumption, participation in other cardiac rehabilitation programs did not alter the results significantly. Financial strain was a predictor for recurrent events among women with CAD, independently of commonly used SES indicators such as education and household income. Future studies will have to explore the mechanism behind this association.
    No preview · Article · Aug 2008 · International journal of cardiology
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    ABSTRACT: Psychosocial factors, including depression and vital exhaustion (VE) are associated with adverse outcome in coronary heart disease (CHD). Women with CHD are poor responders to psychosocial treatment and knowledge regarding which treatment modality works in them is limited. This randomized controlled clinical study evaluated the effect of a 1-year stress management program, aimed at reducing symptoms of depression and VE in CHD women. Patients were 247 women, < or =75 years, recruited consecutively after a cardiac event and randomly assigned to either stress management (20 2-h sessions) and medical care by a cardiologist, or to obtaining usual health care as controls. Measurements at; baseline (6-8 weeks after randomization), 10 weeks (after 10 intervention sessions), 1 year (end of intervention) and 1-2 years follow-up. For VE, intention to treat analysis showed effects for time (P < 0.001) and time x treatment interaction (P = 0.005), reflecting that both groups improved over time, and that the decrease of VE was more pronounced in the intervention group. However, the level of VE was higher in the intervention group than amongst controls at baseline, 22.7 vs. 19.4 (P = 0.036) but it did not differ later. The change in depressive symptoms did not differ between the groups. CHD women attending our program experienced a more pronounced decrease in VE than controls. However, as they had higher baseline levels, due to regression towards the mean we cannot attribute the decrease in VE to the intervention. Whether the program has long-term beneficial effects needs to be evaluated.
    Full-text · Article · Apr 2008 · Journal of Internal Medicine
  • Katalin Gémes · Staffan Ahnve · Imre Janszky
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    ABSTRACT: To assess the relationship between economical stress, as an indicator of SES, and inflammation in women patients with coronary heart disease (CHD). a cross-sectional study. Two hundred and thirteen women patients recruited from two hospitals in Stockholm, Sweden; mean age 63+/-8, range 35-75 years, hospitalised for acute myocardial infarction, coronary angioplasty or bypass surgery between 1996 and 2000, examined in a stable phase, 1 year and 5 months (+/-2.5 months) after the index event. Economical stress, and other SES indicators were assessed by questionnaires. Levels of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (CRP) were measured by nephelometry and the concentrations of interleukin-6 (Il-6) and interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (Il-1ra) were determined by enzyme-linked immunoassay. After controlling for the potential confounders, i.e. treatment, menstruational, marital and education status in addition to age, patients having economical stress showed higher levels of hsCRP (2.79 vs. 1.83 mg/l, p=0.04), Il-6 (3.12 vs. 2.38 mg/l, p=0.015) and Il-1ra (599 vs. 456 mg/l, p=0.02). The association persisted after controlling for other measures of economical status, like personal and household income. According to our mediational analyses, lifestyle variables, especially BMI, could partly explain the observed association. High economical stress was associated with higher Il-6, CRP and Il-1ra levels in women with stable CHD. The direction of causality cannot be inferred from such a cross-sectional study however, our results raise the possibility that increased inflammatory activity is a mediator for the effect of economical stress on adverse outcomes after a coronary event.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2008 · European Journal of Epidemiology
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    ABSTRACT: Few studies have investigated the relation between alcohol consumption, former drinking, and prognosis after an acute myocardial infarction (AMI), particularly for non-fatal outcomes. To investigate the prognostic importance of drinking habits among patients surviving a first AMI. A total of 1346 consecutive patients between 45-70 years with a first non-fatal AMI underwent a standardized clinical examination and were followed for over 8 years. Total and cardiac mortality and hospitalization for non-fatal cardiovascular disease in relation to individual alcoholic beverage consumption at the time of AMI and 5 years before inclusion, assessed by a standardized questionnaire administered during hospitalization. We recorded 267 deaths, and 145 deaths from cardiac causes, during the follow-up period. After adjustment for several potential confounders, hazard ratios for total and cardiac mortality were 0.77 (0.51-1.15) and 0.61 (0.36-1.02) for those drinking >0-<5 g per day, 0.77 (0.50-1.18) and 0.62 (0.36-1.07) for those drinking 5-20 g per day, and 0.89 (0.56-1.40) and 0.69 (0.38-1.25) for those drinking over 20 g per day. Risk of hospitalization for recurrent non-fatal AMI, stroke, or heart failure generally showed a similar pattern to that of total and cardiac mortality. Recent quitters at the time of AMI had a hazard ratio of 4.55 (2.03-10.20) for total mortality. Measures of insulin sensitivity appeared to be the strongest mediators of this association. Moderate alcohol drinking might have beneficial effects on several aspects of long-term prognosis after an AMI. Our findings also highlight that former drinkers should be examined separately from long-term abstainers. The potential mechanisms that underlie this association still need to be elucidated.
    Full-text · Article · Jan 2008 · European Heart Journal

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Institutions

  • 2000-2014
    • Karolinska Institutet
      • • Department of Public Health Sciences
      • • Department of Cardiology
      Solna, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2002-2011
    • Karolinska University Hospital
      • Department of Cardiology
      Tukholma, Stockholm, Sweden
    • Stockholm University
      Tukholma, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2007-2009
    • Stockholm County Council
      Tukholma, Stockholm, Sweden