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Unique research project concerning the heart, blood vessels and lungs

In 2012, SCAPIS (Swedish CArdioPulmonary bioImage Study), which is the first part of one of the biggest research projects ever to be carried out in Sweden in the field of heart, blood vessels and lungs is being executed.

The study is carried out by Sahlgrenska University Hospital and the University of Gothenburg in collaboration with the Swedish Heart-Lung foundation.

Very thorough health examination

All participants undergo a very thorough health examination of the heart, blood vessels and lungs, as well as blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Computer tomography (CT) is used for detailed imaging of disease in coronary arteries and lungs. High resolution ultrasound is used for imaging of disease in carotid arteries. CT is also used for imaging of fat distribution. This also enables early discovery and treatment of possible cardiovascular disease and  Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). 

Man och barnbarn, foto: Johnér Kvinna och barnbarn, foto: Johnér

Who can participate?

1,000 Gothenburg men and women between the ages of 50 and 65 have been randomly chosen and invited by letter to participate in SCAPIS, free of charge. It is not possible to register one’s own interest.

The focus for the SCAPIS research project is to:

  • Identify individual risks of sudden heart arrest, heart attack and other heart conditions.
  • Discover COPD at an early stage to be better able to treat the disease.
  • Discover possible risks of other pulmonary diseases.
  • Improve individuals’ health through better diagnostics, care and treatment.