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Farkas Vanky

Adjunct Associate Professor

I am a Docent in Cardiothoracic Surgery and my research aims to evaluate and improve cardiac surgery with focus on heart valve diseases and heart rhythm disorders.

Development of cardiac surgery

Cardiac surgery has experienced a substantial evolution throughout the last decades. Our patients are older and more fragile compared with the ones in the 1990’s. 

Still the excellent postoperative outcome is maintained and in some aspects better. This improvement is the result of research in diagnostics, anesthesia and surgery.

The common aim of my research project is to further improve survival and quality of life for our patients. It includes studies on heart metabolism and evaluation of metabolic support at cardiac surgery as well as survey of cardiac function, survival and prognostic factors after aortic valve intervention both with open surgery and with catheter mediated technique.

I am also in charge of projects in which we evaluate surgery for atrial fibrillation and surgery for mitral regurgitation. 



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About me


  • 1989 Medical Doctor, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm
  • 1998 Cardiothoracic Surgeon
  • 2006 PhD in Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • 2015 Docent in Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • 2021 Associate Professor


  • Scientific board member of SATS (Scandinavian Association for Thoracic Surgery)
  • Research coordinator at the department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University Hospital in Linköping
  • Member of the Swedish Reference Group for Arrhythmia Surgery
  • Principal Investigator for TACSI, GLUTAMICS II, Freestyle Nordic Experience


  • James Cook University, Australien
  • Göteborgs universitet
  • Rigshospitalet i Köpenhamn
  • NTNU – Norges teknisk-naturvitenskaplige universitet, Trondheim
  • Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China


Selected publications

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Henrik Hultkvist, Jonas Holm, Rolf Svedjeholm, Farkas Vánky (2018)

Open heart , Vol.5 Continue to DOI

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Gabriella Boano, Meriam Åström Aneq, Jennie Kemppi, Farkas Vánky (2017)

Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal , Vol.51 , s.15-20 Continue to DOI

Recent publications


Jonas Holm, Farkas Vanky, Rolf Svedjeholm (2024) Association of Glutamate Infusion With Risk of Acute Kidney Injury After Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery A Pooled Analysis of 2 Randomized Clinical Trials JAMA Network Open, Vol. 7, Article e2351743 Continue to DOI


Rolf Svedjeholm, Gabriele Ferrari, Farkas Vanky, Örjan Friberg, Jonas Holm (2023) Glutamate infusion associated with reduced rises of p-Copeptin after coronary surgery: Substudy of GLUTAMICS II Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica, Vol. 67, p. 1373-1382 Continue to DOI
Gabriella Boano, Farkas Vanky, Meriam Åström (2023) Effect of cryothermic and radiofrequency Cox-Maze IV ablation on atrial size and function assessed by 2D and 3D echocardiography, a randomized trial. To freeze or to burn Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging, Vol. 43, p. 431-440 Continue to DOI
Jonas Holm, Farkas Vanky, Rolf Svedjeholm (2023) Glutamate Infusion Reduces Myocardial Dysfunction after Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting According to NT-proBNP: Summary of 2 Randomized Controlled Trials (GLUTAmate for Metabolic Intervention in Coronary Surgery [GLUTAMICS I-II]) American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 118, p. 930-937 Continue to DOI


Emmanouil Charitakis, Dimitrios Tsartsalis, Dafni Korela, Maria Stratinaki, Farkas Vanky, Efstratios I Charitos, Joakim Alfredsson, Lars Karlsson, Emmanouil Foukarakis, Constantina Aggeli, Costas Tsioufis, Håkan Walfridsson, Elena Dragioti (2022) Risk and protective factors for atrial fibrillation after cardiac surgery and valvular interventions: an umbrella review of meta-analyses Open heart, Vol. 9, Article e002074 Continue to DOI


County Council of Östergötland

  • Gabriella Boano, PhD-student
  • Meriam Åström Aneq, Docent
  • Charitakis Emmanouil, PhD
  • Sofia Sunnerud, PhD-student
  • Henrik Hultkvist, PhD-student
  • Jonas Holm, PhD