Cardiothoracic Anesthesia and Intensive Care

At the section of cardiothoracic anesthesia and intensive care, clinically oriented research is performed in collaboration mainly with the section of cardiothoracic surgery and the department of anesthesiology and intensive care. The projects involve cardiothoracic anesthesiologists and surgeons as well as perfusionists. 

Experimental selective antegrade cerebral perfusion (SACP)

  • Aortic arch surgery requires circulatory arrest and cerebral protection relies on deep hypothermia, selective perfusion of the brain by antegrade (SACP) or retrograde routes or combinations the4reof. Perioperative morbidity and mortality is substantial. 

One-lung ventilation with capnothorax 

  • Airway separation with unilateral lung closure (one-lung ventilation, OLV) is used to facilitate exposure during lung surgery and thoracoscopic surgery.

Venous congestion and cerebral perfusion in cardiopulmonary bypass 

  • Venous congestion is a threat to perfusion during cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB), and occasionally venous drainage cannot be adequately ensured in the clinical setting.

Hyperglycemia and cerebral ischemia 

  • Hyperglycemia is associated with increased complication rate after cardiac surgery and tight glycemic control is established in the postoperative stage.

Hemostasis and cardiac surgery

  • The progression of aortic stenosis involves both blood coagulation and fibrinolysis. 


Fredrik Lennmyr, Associate Professor


Ulrica Alström, MD, PhD, Consultant Anesthesiologist
Ove Jansson, MD, PhD, Consultant Anesthesiologist
Thomas Tovedal, PhD, Perfusionist

Last modified: 2021-01-26