Heart to Heart

The aim of the research project Heart to Heart is to give new insights into health differences between Norway and Russia. The main focus is to expand our knowledge of cardiovascular disease etiolology and to develop and implement preventive strategies.

Russia has one of the world's highest rates of cardiovascular disease mortality, in working age more than seven times higher than in neighbouring Norway. The high rate of premature mortality puts a substantial burden on Russian health care, economy, and families.

The Heart to Heart project was set up to aquire new knowledge about the large health differences by comparisons between the seventh Tromsø Study survey  (2015-2016) in Tromsø, Norway, and the Know Your Heart study (2015-2018) in Arkangelsk and Novosibirsk, Russia (part of the International Project on Cardiovascular Disease in Russia (IPCDR) led from the UK). The core objective of Heart to Heart is to quantify the likely contribution of different cardiovascular abnormalities and associated risk factors in explaining the huge difference in cardiovascular mortality between Norway and Russia. This project is unique in collecting in depth contemporary biomedical data that are designed to be comparable.

More information about Heart to Heart (PDF)

The international collaboration between the Tromsø Study in Norway and the Know Your Heart study (Узнай своё сердце) in Russia. Photo: Stina Grønbech and Ekaterina Kargopolova


The 2nd Heart to Heart symposium 2020

The symposium was held at Northern State Medical University (Arkhangelsk, Russia) Foto: Stig Brøndbo The key motivation behind this was still the striking fact that the mortality from cardiovascular disease among the working-age population in Russia in 2012-2016 was eight times higher than in Norway.


Heart to Heart symposium II

The second Heart to Heart symposium will take place in February 13-14th 2020 in Arkhangelsk, Russia. Welcome!


Russland har verdens høyeste forekomst av hjerteinfarkt: – Russland er slik Norge var for 50 år siden

Et massivt forskerteam samarbeider nå for å studere folkehelsa i Russland. Forekomsten av hjertesykdom blant unge menn er alarmerende.


Sammenligner hjertehelse i Norge og Russland

Prosjektet «Heart to Heart» gransker årsakene til de voldsomme forskjellene mellom Norge og Russland på hjertesykdom. Svarene som nå begynner å tikke inn er av stor internasjonal interesse.


Heart to Heart symposium

Major new insights into health differences between Norway and Russia. Join us for an exciting two day symposium!