Philip Leissner admitted as a PhD student!


Congratulations to Philip Leissner who has been admitted as a PhD student! He will examine the relationship between myocardial infarction (MI) and mental health, with a focus on heart-related anxiety.

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– I’m looking forward to learning more and being
involved in the research, says PhD student
Philip Leissner.

How are MI and mental health related?Philip Leissner’s PhD project consists of four part studies. In the first study, he will use register data and data from the U-CARE Heart study to examine whether reported anxiety is a risk factor for reoccurring MI. The second study will examine whether the level of reported trauma in connection to an MI is connected to a higher risk of reoccurring MI. The third study will examine how Beta blockers affect heart patients’ anxiety level.

Internet-administered Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (iCBT)
The fourth study will evaluate an iCBT program for patients who have had a MINOCA (MI with non-obstructive coronary arteries) or a so-called Takotsubo (similar symptoms as an MI), and also report high levels of stress and anxiety.

– What is interesting about this group of patients is that they do not have obstructive coronary arteries, as other heart patients. Instead, the MI seems to be connected to psychological and physical stress, says Philip Leissner.

Looking forward to doing research
Philip Leissner has previously worked as a psychologist at a healthcare center in the Västra Götaland region. He is now looking forward to doing research:

– My goal has for a long time been to doing research. Regardless whether we discover anything new or confirm previous results, it would be stimulating.

Philip Leissner will be supervised by Erik Olsson (principal supervisor), psychologist and Associate Professor at the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health and Claes Held, Adjunct Professor at the Department of Medical Sciences. A third supervisor is about to be recruited.

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Last modified: 2022-05-25