As we achieve better treatment outcomes, more patients survive and grow old with cardiovascular disease. This poses the challenge that, in addition to the heart disease, many patients eventually also suffer from several other diseases.

This combination of heart disease and other diseases is called multimorbidity - a condition that aggravates heart failure.

The basic purpose of the network is to investigate mechanisms and improve the treatment of heart disease leading to heart failure. We therefore explore environmental influences and genetic factors with a special attention to multimorbidity.

It is the network's ambition, through radical innovation, to become better at treating patients with cardiovascular disease individually (“personalized medicine”). The network works strategically and systematically to increase collaboration between basic research, clinical research, health services research and clinics throughout the Central Denmark Region. In this way, we want to create greater knowledge as well as improved quality and efficiency of the individual patient care through a translational strategy.

Subject-specific programmes for PhD students

The Cardiovascular PhD programme offers enrolled PhD students with a project in the cardiovascular field the possibility to undergo a specialised education emphasizing research and training in cardiovascular diseases.
The programme's overall goal is to highlight and strengthen the ongoing research and training in cardiovascular diseases at Aarhus University, and increase the PhD students' awareness, knowledge and understanding of various critical aspects within basic, clinical, and epidemiological cardiovascular research.

For more information about the subject-specific programmes: Subject-specific programmes, Graduate School of Health (


Anja P. Einholm

Network Coordinator

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