David Kylhammar

Researcher in cardiovascular and respiratory medicine. I want to better understand who will suffer from cardiovascular diseases such as heart failure, myocardial infarction and sudden death. I also have an interest in pulmonary vascular disease.


The Swedish CArdioPulmonary bioImage Study (SCAPIS) is a national population-based study with approx. 30 000 randomly selected participants aged 50-64 years. The participants underwent a comprehensive investigation including imaging by computed tomography of the heart, coronary arteries and thorax, ultrasound of the carotid arteries and pulmonary function tests. They also provided blood samples and filled out extensive questionnaires. The around 5000 participants in Linköping additionally underwent an echocardiographic examination and I, together with Professor Jan Engvall, co-ordinate the SCAPIS Linköping echocardiographic study.

The principal aim of SCAPIS is to find new and in our time better ways to predict the risk of cardiovascular diseases and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The risk factor distribution in the population is not the same today as it was some decades ago and the development of new technologies has brought new diagnostic possibilities. When we can better predict who is at high risk of a disease, the possibilities for successful preventive measures will improve.

Besides my engagement in SCAPIS, I also conduct research that aim to better understand the rare, but serious disease pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and I am involved in research projects concerning cardiac involvement in the chronic rheumatic disease systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and the assessment of diastolic cardiac function.

About me


  • Medical Doctor, Lund University, 2012
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Science (Clinical Medicine, Cardiology), Lund University, 2016
  • Resident Physician at Linköping University Hospital, 2016-
  • Associate Clinical Research Fellow, Wallenberg Centre for Molecular Medicine (WCMM), 2023-
  • Secretary in the Scientific Committee of the Swedish Society for Clinical Physiology, 2021-
  • Chair in the Scholarship Committee of the Swedish Society for Pulmonary Hypertension, 2021-
  • Member of the Nomination Committee of the Swedish Society for Pulmonary Hypertension, 2016-


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David Kylhammar, Barbro Kjellström, Clara Hjalmarsson, Kjell Jansson, Magnus Nisell, Stefan Söderberg, Gerhard Wikström, Göran Rådegran (2018)

European Heart Journal , Vol.39 , s.4175-4181 Continue to DOI

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David Kylhammar, Clara Hjalmarsson, Roger Hesselstrand, Kjell Jansson, Mohammad Kavianipour, Barbro Kjellström, Magnus Nisell, Stefan Söderberg, Göran Rådegran (2021)

ERJ Open Research , Vol.7 Continue to DOI

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Clara Hjalmarsson, Goran Radegran, David Kylhammar, Bengt Rundqvist, Jonas Multing, Magnus D. Nisell, Barbro Kjellstrom (2018)

European Respiratory Journal , Vol.51 Continue to DOI


Filip Hammaréus, Chiara Trenti, Hanna M. Bjorck, Jan Engvall, Hanna Lekedal, Aleksandra Krzynska-Trzebiatowska, David Kylhammar, Marcus Lindenberger, Anna Lundberg, Fredrik Nilsson, Lennart Nilsson, Eva Swahn, Lena Jonasson, Petter Dyverfeldt (2024) Wall shear stress measured with 4D flow CMR correlates with biomarkers of inflammation and collagen synthesis in mild-to-moderate ascending aortic dilation and tricuspid aortic valves European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging Continue to DOI


Carl Johan Östgren, Julia Otten, Karin Festin, Oskar Angeras, Goran Bergstrom, Kerstin Cederlund, Gunnar Engstrom, Maria J. Eriksson, Mats Eriksson, Tove Fall, Anders Gummesson, Emil Hagstrom, Urban Hellman, Stefan K. James, Tomas Jernberg, Johan Kihlberg, David Kylhammar, Hanna Markstad, Peter Nilsson, Anders Persson, Margaretha Persson, Carlo Pirazzi, Rebecka Renklint, Annika Rosengren, Stefan Soderberg, Johan Sundstrom (2023) Prevalence of atherosclerosis in individuals with prediabetes and diabetes compared to normoglycaemic individuals-a Swedish population-based study Cardiovascular Diabetology, Vol. 22, Article 261 Continue to DOI
Andrei Malinovschi, Xingwu Zhou, Anders Andersson, Helena Backman, Bjorn Bake, Anders Blomberg, Kenneth Caidahl, Maria J. Eriksson, Jonas Eriksson Strom, Viktor Hamrefors, Ola Hjelmgren, Christer Janson, Reza Karimi, David Kylhammar, Anne Lindberg, Eva Lindberg, Per Liv, Anna-Carin Olin, Adel Shalabi, C. Magnus Skold, Johan Sundstrom, Hanan Tanash, Kjell Toren, Per Wollmer, Suneela Zaigham, Carl Johan Östgren, Jan Engvall (2023) Consequences of Using Post- or Prebronchodilator Reference Values in Interpreting Spirometry American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Vol. 208, p. 461-471 Continue to DOI


David Kylhammar, Clara Hjalmarsson, Roger Hesselstrand, Kjell Jansson, Mohammad Kavianipour, Barbro Kjellström, Magnus Nisell, Stefan Söderberg, Göran Rådegran (2021) Predicting mortality during long-term follow-up in pulmonary arterial hypertension ERJ Open Research, Vol. 7, Article 00837-2020 Continue to DOI
Clara Hjalmarsson, Barbro Kjellstrom, Kjell Jansson, Magnus Nisell, David Kylhammar, Mohammad Kavianipour, Goran Radegran, Stefan Soderberg, Gerhard Wikstrom, Dirk M. Wuttge, Roger Hesselstrand (2021) Early risk prediction in idiopathic versus connective tissue disease-associated pulmonary arterial hypertension: call for a refined assessment ERJ Open Research, Vol. 7, Article 00854-2020 Continue to DOI


Research projects

SCAPIS, co-ordinates the echocardiography study in Linköping
Risk assessment in pulmonary arterial hypertension
Cardiac affection in systemic lupus erythematosus

Assistant supervisor

Assistant supervisor to doctoral student Lina Hult Left ventricular deformation and mechanical dispersion, main supervisor is associate professor Peter Blomstrand
Assistant supervisor to doctoral student Katrin Salman Mechanistic evaluation of left ventricular diastolic function, main supervisor is associate professor Eva Tamas

CT scanner at SCAPIS

SCAPIS - The Swedish CArdioPulmonary bioImage Study

SCAPIS combines the use of new imaging technologies, advances in large-scale 'comics' and epidemiological analyses to extensively characterize a Swedish cohort of 30 000 men and women aged between 50 and 64 years.