Influence of psycho-social factors on patients health with cardiac disease
Germany (bvmd) - Universitaet des Saarlandes, Homburg
Department of Cardiology, Angiology and Intensive Care University Hospital of the Saarland Kirrbergerstr. 100, 66421 Homburg/Saar
Prof Dr. med. Michael Böhm
PD Dr. med. Ingrid Kindermann
English, German
8 weeks
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Type of Research Project
- Clinical Project without Laboratory work
What is the background of the project?
Psycho-social factors for example anxiety and depression influence quality of life, symptoms and also mortality of patients with heart disease. On the one hand, in the projects of the study group “Psychocardiology” influences of different interventions (e.g. administration of iron, sport, renal denervation) for psycho-social factors are being investigated. Additionally, the influence of psycho-social factors on cardiac disease such as heart failure and arterial hypertension is part of the examination. Not only doctors and study nurses are part of the study group but also psychologists and biologists. This is an outstanding feature of the study group.
What is the aim of the project?
The aim of the project is scientific investigation of the interaction between psyche and heart, as well as the representation of the influence on this interaction on the underlying disease, quality of life and survival of the patients.
What techniques and methods are used?
Examination of: - heart focused anxiety and depression, before and after implantable cardioverter-defibrillator or electrophysical interventions - cognition and depression before and after specific therapy. - cognition and depression, before and after physical exercise Cognition will be measured with surveys, questionnaires and test taken on a computer and the patients will be monitored before, after and during an intervention. Since the exact examination methods are part of the research and top secret until the completion of this study, further information can not be provided online. If questions to the used methods arise please contact PD Dr. med. Ingrid Kindermann ( for more information
What is the role of the student?
- The student will mainly observe
- The tasks of the student will be performed on his/her own
- The tasks will be done under supervision
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
The student should be present during all meetings in the morning and take part in the discussions with the study team. He/she should be present during the medical rounds of the patients and also help with the monitoring. During the medical rounds of the study he/she should accompany the study-doctor and should also support the patients during the interventions. Regularly done procedures are cardiac catheter examinations or renal denervation. Also the student will take part in the implementation of test procedures such as questionnaires.
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
- daily meeting with the study-team - participation at the weekly advanced educations on a regular basis - weekly participation at the meeting of the study group „clinical heart failure“ - participation in monitoring and congresses
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- The student’s name will be mentioned in a future publication
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
medical as well as pathophysiological basic knowledge is necessary. Preferable are experiences with clinical studies, good clinical practice (online-course) and blood sampling.
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
The compliance of Good Clinical Practice (GCP; 2016)
Type of students accepted
This project accepts:
- Medical students
- Students in biomedical fields
- The Cognitive Impairment in Heart Failure study (CogImpair-HF). European Journal of Heart Failure. 2012;14:404-413
- Bunz et al.: Heart-focused anxiety in patients with chronic heart failure before implantation of an implantable cardioverter defibrillator: baseline findings of the Anxiety-CHF Study